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February 29 -
And #2 in the The Best of Fort Bend Political Mailouts is GOP CD22
candidate Jim Squire, who thinks one of this country's
biggest problems is frivolous lawsuits by illegal
No, I'm not kidding.
Click right here.
Gee, if he just could have added " prevent frivolous
lawsuits by illegal aliens while burning the flag and
not loving Jesus," he'd have this race tied-up."
Jim Squire ain't got no flies on him when it comes to
hating Mexicans, dammit.
February 29 -
Okay, so here's the deal -- starting this afternoon and continuing into
the weekend, I will post the Best of Fort Bend Political
Our buddy David has collected and scanned them and I'll
share the very best of them with you.
We'll start with a little teaser.
Ya think maybe Greg
be for REAL? He's not just for change, dammit, he's for REAL change.
Meanwhile, you have to admit that this makes you smile
February 29 -
Okay, so if you have to
change the rules to win, maybe you should play a
The Texas Democratic
Party is warning that its primary night caucuses
could be delayed or disrupted after aides to White
House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of
an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate
selection process, officials said Thursday night.
In a letter sent late
Thursday to both the Clinton and Barack Obama
campaigns, Texas Democratic Party attorney Chad Dunn
warned that a lawsuit could ruin the Democrats'
effort to re-energize voters just as they are
turning out in record numbers.
Look, if we didn't change the rules for Al Gore after he
won the Presidency fair and square, we ain't changing it
For 25 years, Presidential candidates have used Texas
for an ATM machine and nobody complained about the rule
that didn't give us a voice in our party's choice for
the Presidency. A year ago, I made a modest
March 9th) that candidates leave a little money in
Texas. Wish you had listened to me now, huh?
Fair warning: I will be slow on forgiveness to
any candidate who files lawsuits to change the rules.
The Texas Democratic Party is just now getting our voice
and standing on our feet, tall and proud. Don't
mess with us - we bite back!
If you didn't plan enough to win a primary, then you
can't plan well enough to win in November.
- Happy Leap Day with greetings from Stuart Carlson about McBush.
February 28 -
Customer A. H. let us know that
Democrats in Fort Bend County even made the
Christian Science Monitor.
Sugar Land, Texas -
For most of his life Ken Stubbe has voted for
Democrats for president. But as a resident of a
deeply Republican suburb of Houston, in the heart of
Bush country, the retired oil and gas project
manager kept quiet.
He didn't talk
politics with neighbors or friends. He didn't sink
presidential campaign signs in his lawn. He
sometimes even voted in Republican primaries, often
because no Democrats were running in local races
and, well, why waste his vote?
"I just kind of
accepted that living here in Texas, that's the way
it was," he says.
No way, no longer!
Here in Fort Bend
County, a Republican stronghold represented until
recently by Rep. Tom DeLay (R), the former House
majority leader, Democratic turnout for early voting
is 19 times greater than it was in 2004.
This month, Stubbe
went to classes on caucusing and delegate selection,
discreetly scouted for Democrats in his leafy
subdivision, and called the local party to volunteer
as an election clerk on March 4. On Wednesday, he
picked up a sign at a newly opened Barack Obama
campaign office here, determined to plant it next to
the Hillary Rodham Clinton sign his wife Karen had
put up beside the driveway a few days earlier.
Woo, woo, too.
February 28 -
Email from my Yankee friends ---
You might as well hang it up,
the November results have accidentally been leaked.
- Earl is typing again ...
I just got that Ron Reynolds mailer and saw
your picture on it. I take it they wanted
to show that ole Ron had the Big Hair
Brigade behind him. And what's this baloney
about you being a "Community Activist?" I
would have called you our Community
Proctologist, on account of you are always
trying to shine a flashlight in intimate
places which "certain people" would rather
NOT see the light of day--their campaign
finance reports. Or perhaps Community
Cemetery Warden, because you're always
wondering where all the bodies are--"Those
headstones mean both diddly AND squat!"
come from a "Community Activist" was the
crazy old lady in the house on the corner
lot shooting at Martians with her pellet
gun. Hey, don't knock it, it worked! Those
Martians knew better than to come in OUR
funny enough to have been in three cancelled
Susan -- yes, I strongly support
Ron Reynolds for State Representative.
He's a great guy and I adore him. The
incumbent Democratic opponent is anti-choice
and authored the anti-stem research bill in
the Lege. Yeah, right, she calls
herself a Democrat and is now taking money
from all Tom Craddick's people.
Big haired women have to have big hair to cover their
big brains, Baby.
February 27 -
My friend Larry from the other side of CD22 sent me some pictures he took
of Bobby Kennedy at Berkley in 1966. I asked him
to look for them and he did. Larry says....
Found the negatives, here are two scans. These were
taken about 1966, definitely between Sept. 1964 and
July 1967, while I attended there. I was sitting
back quite a ways, but had a 300 mm lens on my 6x6
camera. I see there is some dust on them, but didn't
try to get rid of it.
Incidentally, do you see any long-haired hippies in
these photos? And as I recall, there was the smell
of Eucalyptus in the air, nothing more!
without hope, resigned to despair and oppression, do
not make revolutions. It is when expectation
replaces submission, when despair is touched with
the awareness of possibility, that the forces of
human desire and the passion for justice are
---Robert F. Kennedy, Berkeley, 10-22-1966
can master change not though force or fear, but only
though the free work of an understanding mind,
though an openness to new knowledge and fresh
outlooks, which can only strengthen the most fragile
and most powerful of human gifts: the gift of
--- Johannesburg, South Africa, June 8, 1966
Excuse me while I go wipe my eyes.
February 27 -
We have a political consultant in this county named Karen Pearson who has
become semi-infamous for illegal placement of campaign
I started documenting it back when I worked for the
newspaper years ago, making the comment that I
hoped I didn't die during campaign season because
Pearson would slap one of her client's political signs
on my casket.
You don't even have to look at campaign reports to see
who hires her - just look at who has the most illegal
sign placements and -- ta da! -- Pearson is at work.
Pearson recently teamed-up with renown quitter and
former GOP party chairman Gary Gillen to become a team
of .... I dunno, "consultants" is way too nice a word.
They got hired by Crazy Bob Talton in his race for the
GOP CD22 championship.
You know how I know that?
Yep - that's a political sign hanging over the railroad
I suspect they're hoping it doesn't fall on a passing
auto, like your's, or worse yet - mine.
And, yes, of course they hung one on each side.
I was at the grocery store the other day and ran into a
Republican friend of mine, who asked me if Talton had
hired Pearson / Gillen. I said yes. Gillen
is a resident of Richmond.
The Republican grinned and said, "Man, I would have
paid money to see Gillen haul his overpadded a-double-s
up on that railroad track! That must have been a
(Hey, it's a small town and entertainment like that is
worth the price of admission!)
However, there's no need to worry. If that sign
isn't removed within three days after election, I'm
posting Gary Gillen's home phone number right here on
the world wide web. You can call him to collect
rent on your right-of-way.
I'd post his phone number before then, but I'm kinda
hoping that Crazy Bob wins. We need more crazy,
un-law-abiding Republicans to whoop in November.
- Ole Alan Bernstein over at the
Chronicle Blog has caught himself a case of snarky.
Writing about CD22 Republican candidate John Manlove
kicking his opponent Pete Olson for not voting in the
GOP primary in Virginia, which happened most likely
because there are no primaries in Virginia, Bernstein
the record, no one here at the Houston Politics blog
went snow-skiing in the Houston area this winter,
and that's mostly because there was no snow.
Nah, I think it's because you let the heat terrorists
win. You hate us for our good weather. We
have to fight the Freezeofascists over there
(Dallas) so we don't have to fight them here.
Buck up, Bernstein, if you can't ski down the Gulf
Freeway in August with or without snow, then John
Manlove had made his point -- you don't have what it
February 26 -
Okay, so if you can't win on the issues, try
spookin' the pee-wa-doddle outta everybody.
Hey, it worked for Bush!
CD 22 GOP hopeful Brian Klock is gaining the tremble
vote. There's not only hell and brimstone -
there's snipers, hell and brimstone.
Silly Shelley says we should be concerned but not scared
and Dean Hrbacek says --- oh, who cares? --- everybody
is looking to see if he can detach his head.
By the way, a good email keeper forwarded me an email
from Dean Hrbacek that was sent in May of 2005 when it
was obvious to everyone that Tom DeLay is a crook.
Hrbacek sent it to all the GOP precinct chairs.
And, that's Reason #67 why I ask you to join me in
supporting Dean Hrbacek for the GOP Nomination for CD22.
Think of the fun we'll have between March and November!
He must have gotten a picture taken
when the Phillips 66 Refinery blew
(Way long before we ever heard the
I may be wrong, but I think people
have caught on to this b.s.
A lot more people seem to be paying
a lot more attention to politics,
and issues. Not so willing anymore
to have somebody scare them into not
thinking for themselves.
I hope so anyway.
February 26 -
I hate to start a post as good as this one with an apology, but I have
I left my moving picture show camera at home the night
my friend Texas State Representative Senfronia Thompson
spoke to the Fort Bend Democrats last Friday evening.
So, my sweet daughter-in-law recorded as best she could
with her little Nikon Coolpix camera.
There's a good chance that Democrats will win the Texas
House back this year and, when they do, Senfronia will
become the first female and the first African-American
speaker of the Texas House. Senfronia is one of my
personal heroes, and maybe this small clip from her
speech will tell you why.
If I did this right, it
opens in Quick Time. You will love it.
Share it with every hell-raiser you know!
- We get email from teevee-watching Earl ---
I take it
you didn't catch the Channel 13 Candiate
Forum Sunday morning at 11. Poor journalist
Art Rascon was saddled with 9 of the
Republican candidates for Dist. 22, with
Pete Olson a no-show due to having to attend
a fundraiser in Washington D.C. The other
candidates wanted to have an empty chair on
the set, but Rascon just made a statement
about Olson's absence. The highlight was
when La Belle Shelley was discussing
immigration and said that we need that wall
on the Texas border. Art Rascon said that
the Texans down there don't want the wall.
Shelley said, "Yes they do." But Rascon said
they'd just done a news report on it and had
asked them and they DON'T want it. So
Shelley said that they're just upset about
losing access to the river for their
cattle. Actually, they're upset about
CEDING thousands of acres of Texas land to
Mexico because the wall will become the de
facto border! I really admire that Shelley
didn't allow herself to become confused by
the facts like that. No wonder she's
running for Tom DeLay's seat--to maintain
the tradition of Clueless Congressmembers
Earl added ----
and they said that those long lines in the
Emergency Rooms at hospitals are because of
ILLEGAL ALIENS! Funny, I thought it was
because of more and more working people
being too poor to have a regular doctor.
Oh, and Cynthia Dunbar is running for
Congress because she wants a PAYING
government job instead of that Texas Board
of Education freebie she's got now. Makes
you wonder if she's in the market to "trade
up" from her First Husband as well. Oh, and
everyone HATES Pete Olson to pieces, and
they don't care who knows it. Well, even a
stopped clock is right twice a day, I
proof that you have to get in line to be the craziest
person running for the GOP CD22 slot.
HOUSTON -- A billboard went up along the
Southwest Freeway depicting the Bayou City as a
terrorist target. It is a bright orange fire cloud
It's a campaign billboard for Brian Klock, a
Republican candidate for U.S. Rep. District 22.
"I don't want people
scared. I don't want anyone upset. I want people to
be aware," said Klock.
Klock is a latecomer to
the political scene.
Spending roughly $10,000
on the billboard, the reserve navy commander stands
by his platform that Houston is a target for
used to read the threat. I knew what was going on
locally right here in Houston. I believe it is a
real threat," he said.
The billboard depicts
Houston's economic heart under attack -- the ship
channel, refineries and the skyline all seen through
the scope of a gun.
"It's a depiction of a
worse case scenario I want people to know it's out
there," Klock said.
I'll see if I can get a picture of it for you.
Four of the other candidates quoted in the article
basically say, "Danged! I wish I'd thought of
Even Pete Olson says that Klock's "heart is in the
right place." Good Lord, it's not his heart I'm
worried about - it's his head. I don't think up his
behind is the right place.
- For the half dozen or so people who give a big bear's butt about my view
of the Austin Presidential debate and who I plan to
caucus for, here ya go.
It took me a while to get it written because the
weather's been good and I've been enjoying it.
I just love the way you express my thoughts.
I read your website.
You expressed a lot of what I
feel about this race. As a woman,
how can you not want to finally
see a woman occupy the Oval Office?
It's been agony. I was an early
Kucinich supporter, because of the
Then Edwards. Then Kucinich
supported Obama, as second choice in
Iowa. Now, Kucinich is fighting
for his political life in Ohio.
None of this has been an easy
Your thoughtful analysis of why
you made yours, reflects what a lot
of us have felt.
It was a wonderful commentary.
Thanks again, for all you do.
that your Obama endorsement was
better written than my own
modest effort, but glad to see
that we both jumped in the same
pond! Here's my reasoning,
via Social Notes (scroll
down to The Rant), with a new
paragraph added after I sent the
damn email out!
Susan, I love your hair,
girl. Does Juanita still
Your report on the debate was
easily the best I have seen
you write. The whole time I read
it I was nodding my head because
that was the way I felt during
When Obama first made his
presence known I talked with
friends in Hawaii, including one
who had lived next door to the
grandparents when Barack was a
boy, and said at that time that
I thought he was a little too
lightweight for the Republican
Hate Machine. Although I think
the Clinton Administration was a
success after the 12 years of
credit card binge spending and
especially what happened after
there was enough shadiness that
I wouldn't want to see it
repeated. On the other hand
I WANTED REPUBLICANS OUT and
only backed Hillary because I
thought she was the only one
mean enough to take them on.
To see a candidate succeed on a
positive message brings back
memories from long, long ago
which 6 months before I would
have dismissed as caused by the
same things that made me wear my
hair too long and think Iron
Butterfly was a good band. Now
even my 86 year old mother who
has gone Republican since women
got the right to vote supports
Obama. And when my new car gets
delivered this Friday it's
getting GO BO plates for it. (Oooh,
can't wait for my wingnut
brother to see that)
I really did think it would take
someone who was overtly
ambitious and conniving as
Hillary to win but now it looks
like I can support someone I can
actually feel good about. I
really don't want to spend the
next 4 or 8 years "well, yeah,
but your guys are worse".
And yes, I'd like to see an
woman president. And black. And
Hawaiian. And Mexican. And a lot
of others and from mixtures of
all the above. But more than
that I want someone who will do
the right thing.
I just read your essay,
and I completely agree with
it. We need Hillary on the
supreme court more than we
need her in the Whitehouse
!!! Also Edwards would be
the only one able to clean
up the Justice Dept. and
make the the "axis of evil"
in power now responsible for
their crimes against
humanity, We need Dennis
Kucinich as Sec. of Defense
Which should be renamed Sec.
I like the
scenario. I intend to
propose a resolution at
the county convention to
have the new
administration set up a
commission designed with
the specific purpose of
perpetrated by the Bush
use of torture, illegal
wiretaps, suspension of
habeus corpus. I'd also
like to see someone take
a good look at the
awarding of contracts to
companies like KBR.
With Obama in the top
spot and Edwards as AG
we just might see some
justice for a change.
Sam in Pearland
I haven't had much
to write about lately
but your story about how
you realized that you
had made up your mind to
support the junior
Senator from Illinois
instead of the junior
Senate Carpetbagger from
New York, Warshington
Dee Cee, Arkansas,
Georgetown, and Maine
Twsp. High School
prompted me to write.
After 5 years as a
registered Green, I went
over to the county
office building last
week and registered as a
Democrat. I'd just been
to the dentist, so I was
already feeling about as
masochistic as a body
can or else I might not
have been able to do
it. But if you want to
play you have to play by
the rules and since
Pennsyltucky has a
closed primary system
you need to be one or
the other. I was
tempted to be a
Republican because our
Congresscritter is not
going to stand for
re-election and it's a
oriented district so
having a say in which
reprobate gets nominated
there was worth
considering. And I do
have a fondness for some
Republicans. Well one
anyway. Way back in
1976 when I had a bumper
sticker that said
"Anybody but Ford or
Carter" on my 1972 gray
Ford Galaxy narcmobile,
I made the acquaintance
of a young lady whose
father was elected to
Congress from a district
in upstate New York
(Rochester area) back in
1968. She arranged for
me to acquire an
invitation to the
inauguration of Jimmy
Carter and along the way
I met her father the
Congressman. He died
just a few years back
and it was only recently
that I discovered that
he had a rule about
never accepting a
than $50 from anyone.
If there were more like
him around, I'd find it
easy to be a Republican
but, as Charles Barkley
said "I used to be a
Republican before they
lost their minds".
Besides, the Democratic
Presidential Primary in
Pennsylvania might be
important this year. It
wasn't the last time
around just like Texas
wasn't important in 2000
when I voted as a
Republican in order to
be able to vote against
Duh-bya twice in the
I think I'd rather
see John Edwards as
President than either of
the current contenders.
Locally, we have a
super-delegate who used
to be our state house
representative and lost
to our current
the previous one
resigned. As our
Harrisburg, she was a
pretty strong voice for
women's issues having
pushed through the
"Potty Parity" bill
equalizing the number of
stalls in the rest
rooms. Only it didn't
do so much to increase
the number of stalls in
the womens' rooms as it
did to decrease the
number of stalls and
urinals in the mens'
rooms around the state.
It did succeed in
equalizing waiting time
at the County
Fairgrounds. She, as
you might imagine, is
system makes me shy away
from the Democrats. Ms.
Ferraro's Op-Ed piece in
the NY Times today says
that the super-delegates
are supposed to be party
leaders -- which makes
them sound a lot like
the Politburo or maybe a
Association ("Ve vill
tell you when to paint
your house und ve vill
tell you what color to
paint your house. It is
all for the benefit of
So I too will be
Obama. But unlike Ms.
Burleson I can't promise
to support the Democrat
candidate whoever it may
be. The day after the
primary, my registration
goes back to Green. I
probably won't have the
luxury of voting my
November -- it was nice
in 2000 knowing where
the Texas electoral
votes were going
regardless of what I did
-- but I don't want
anybody to think they
can take my vote for
granted. It's bad
enough that the
machine tried to make me
support a county
commissioner candidate I
didn't want to vote for
last year. I ended up
with a write-in vote for
someone that your Mama
wouldn't have wanted to
see written down.
More snow is on the
Susan - I got
referred here from
Folo and feel the
need to tell you that I
loved your story.
We need more Evelyns in
our Party and I'll start
watching for Keli on
CNN. I'm a Hillary
supporter but you've
made me think.
That sure was worth
the wait! Thanks for
sharing you special
perspective on the
Austin debate for
those of us who so
wanted to be there
I think you need
to get a tee-vee
show during election
seasons. You make
much more sense
than most of the
can imagine you
wearing your pink
boots while using
all kinds of visual
props explaining to
the rest of us all
candidates. It would
be Emmy worthy.
Thanks again for
what you bring to
awareness, humor and
Your Dam Yankee
Friend in Spring,
A Ft Bend Co
here who will
definitely be voting
survives. If the
Dems were smart,
they would get
Hillary and Barack
to run on the same
ticket. If they
did, they would be
positions are not
that far apart and
after the convention
sets their platform,
one would think they
Again, if they were
both to run
together, there is
no way the dems
could lose this
election. Just my
$0.02 worth on the
Its been awhile, but
I just wanted to
pass you a note and
say how much I enjoy
reading your posts
(I ain't calling it
a blog, nope) and
decision on who to
President. I thought
your next to last
paragraph echoed my
thoughts as well.
Its admittedly a
tough choice between
candidates, but I
put my money where
my mouth was for a
change (actually a
first time at the
Federal level) and
I'll support Hillary
if she pulls an
upset and becomes
the nominee, but I
like what Barack
brings to the table
and I think he's
probably the most
likely to include
Hillary and John
(and maybe Bill
Richardson, my first
choice) in a new
can start cleaning
up this mess that
brat from Crawford
I'm hoping the
nomination will be
settled next week
when Barack wins
Texas, but if it
ain't, you can rest
assured I'll be
workin in North
Carolina to make
sure as many of our
possible head his
way on May 6th.
Keep up the great
Thanks so much for
your review of the
debate and your
choosing like you
have. It was a
that SO many of our
matter this year.
One of my friends
(on a foodie board,
no less) mentioned
that he would be in
the voting booth
"tossing a coin." I
would have done the
same, except that by
the time the Potomac
around, I started
campaign in 1968
(yes, I'm old enough
to remember that).
I never hoped to see
the like again.
Except, except. . .
that's pretty much
campaign looks like
these days. Massive
someone who seems to
love us all. Yup,
It came down to
realizing that Obama
was on a roll and I
just wanted one of 'em
to win outright.
The last thing we
need is a contested
convention. I hope
you have readers in
Ohio as well as
managed to make
me laugh and cry
in the same
post. Your post
on the debate
and hopeful. I'm
65 and thought
that I wouldn't
live to see a
woman in the WH,
but dang! if
your mother can
live to 90, I
can surely live
have asked me
I say for the
kids. Our kids
too. Let's pray
Yes, We Can,
I really enjoyed
post. It's good
to know that
there are people
who are really
their vote. I
haven't made up
my mind as to
how I will be
only thing I
only thing I can
be sure of, is
that I will be
someone and not
Gratias Tibi Ago
P.S. I hate to
be the one but
it is spelled
San Marcos not
Marcus. Hey I'm
a BISM (Born In
Neiman Marcus --
I keep getting
them mixed up.
I was listening
to the radio on
the way to work
from up Dallas
way and he said
he said, Texas
almost sure to
why, he was
asked, are so
many Texans so
Obama? I don't
as the question
was asked, I
of those moments
into focus and
the picture is
So I'm writing
to make a --
maybe THE --
deciding who the
will be. Even
has turned off
so many people,
the Democrats do
not have a lock
Because as Jim
if the Lord
wants us to
vote, He has to
There is one
and another who
candidate has a
to turn out and
Nader look like
a valid choice.
No wonder y'alls
are so excited!
February 24 -
If you're from around here, you've probably already heard stories about
Bill Clinton speaking from the back of a pickup truck
down in Victoria. They are true stories and my
second favorite Democratic County Chairman, Stephen
Jabbour (Evelyn Burleson is everybody's first favorite)
brings us the story and pictures.
I've attached a few pictures for you. There
are more at our website and in the photo album
on the left side of the webpage.
On Clinton's Visit:
The weather was a major headache that day, and we
were up in the air on the venue until about 3:30
when the event was firmly moved to the Welder
Center, an auditorium not too far from the square
where he was originally planning to speak. The
downside was that it only held about 750, and there
were 6,000 waiting to see him.
When President Clinton arrived about 5:30, he made
the call to move it to the street when he saw the
crowd and that the rain stopped. Texas weather! If
you don't like it, wait a minute. I guess there was
a method to the madness--better to discomfort 750
than disappoint 6,000 in the street.
He gave his speech from the back of a pickup truck
(only in Texas!) He stayed until about 7:45 shaking
hands on the rope line. The event received
excellent coverage in our local newspaper, the
Victoria Advocate, for three days straight, and they
are still running follow-up articles. It also
received good TV play that evening on the local
President Bill Clinton and
Victoria County Democratic Chairman Stephen Jabbour.
Thank you, Stephen!
Okay, okay, I know, I know --- the new design on fortbendnow is about as
organized as a bushel basket of wire coathangers.
It ain't Bob's fault; he just writes there now.
He ain't said so, but I suspect the new owners know as
much about the internet as I do about speaking Korean,
which is nothing.
I know, I know nobody goes there anymore -- except
Muckraker, who would go to the Mustang Lounge and set
himself afire if he thought for a minute that it would
get him some attention. (There's a local joke that
the only people who go to the Mustang Lounge are either
drunk or lost.)
However, Bob still writes for the site and you know
he's worth reading, even if you have to dig through the
check this out.
And while you're there, make a comment that you liked
the old format much, much better.
You know how you know that FOX News is a nest o' nuts? Uh,
they let Geraldo Rivera on teevee.
the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, Geraldo
Rivera was keeping the flames of the Barack Obama
"plagiarism" story alive. The Fox News commentator
argued that the Illinois Democratic senator had
developed a "formula" for taking political power,
and he knew where that formula came from.
No, seriously, he talks about a "black genius camp"
where plots to get a little power are born, and nobody
on the set looks puzzled and asks, "Geraldo, Bub, have
you ever heard of the Council on Foreign Relations?".
Yikes! Two smart black guys get together and it's
a damn plot! Alert the white guys! Quick!
February 23 -
Kellybee has been playing on Google Images again. And we win ....
Hey, it could happen...
For those in the viewing audience who may be
February 22 -
Yikes! We get some real scary email ---
Did J. R.
Perez take the calculator with him when he
Please look at the voting totals for UH
Cinco. Between the e-slates and these
idiots, I've got about no confidence that my
vote will be counted correctly.
SUSAN: The supposed totals are at the
bottom. Check the Democratic totals.
I just called the elections office and it's
been fixed. I'm gonna tell you one
thing for dead solid certain - if we didn't
have Robin to run the elections, I would not
be sleeping at night. I don't trust
the machines. I don't trust the county
commissioners. I don't trust the
election commission (especially when they
insist on meeting behind closed doors).
But, I'd trust Robin with my life.
- Dude, I was at the debate in Austin in last night.
You know when they showed the audience? Dude,
that was me.
I hope you saw me waving at you. Okay, okay, so I
was waving at Momma, but I figured you'd think it was
Then there was this big ole party afterwards and I
didn't get home until after my car turned into a
pumpkin, so I am pooped.
However, this weekend, after I recover from
another party tonight, I'll tell you all about
actually being there for the debate with my usual
intellectual, cerebral, and poised manner, no
doubt using the phrase "when the chips are down, the
bull is empty" several times.
But, I have to tell you about this right now because
you'll want to know.
Minutes before the debate started, in a packed gym on
the UT campus, Texas Democratic Party Chairman, the
lovely and close to charming Boyd Richie, stood up and
made one heckuva short speech. In that speech, he
mentioned that Democrats are outvoting Republicans in
every darned region of the State of Texas.
He specifically mention two areas of the state - Dallas
(where Republicans have apparently been raptured or
something), and then ... are you ready? .... Boyd
announced on the electric microphone, "Tom DeLay's home
county is out-voting Republicans 2 to 1!" The
place went wild!
Take that, Belles of Heaven Republican Women's Club,
and shove it up your stinkin' economy, your failed
policies, your tax cuts for the rich, and every single
blasted lobbyist you answer to.
Phew! I need some rest after that.
Check back for updates and insider information when I
catch my breath and get my feet on the ground.
NOTE FROM SUSAN: This one arrived
before the debate but I wasn't here.
You ready for the big night? I'll be lookin
for you on the teevee wishin you was
moderatin'. Did you get the guerilla
reporting ware? Just don't wander into any
men's rooms by accident; don't want
you disturbing no republican caucuses.
Your friend from the foreign state of
P.S. We're gettin in the first of our Obama
staffers. They are just the nicest people.
Susan, I kept my eyes
peeled on the screen last night while
watching/listening to the Clinton/Obama
debate. Was hoping that you'd do something
spectacular to call attention to yourself as
a potential VP nominee or some important
member of the new Presidents cabinet. I'd
like to see you head up the Homeland
Security department. That's a good job for
anyone, because no matter how one might
screw up, they'd be better than any of the
previous ones. Looking forward to reading
your take on the debate.
Al, Squire of Weybridge
Could it be that the residents of Fort Bend
County have decided that they have had
enough of the petty fights between local
Republican factions, the hypocrisy of those
they elected to "clean house" and enact term
limits who now seek to keep their seats for
life so they can continue to accept large
donations and favors from vendors and
lobbyists, and the fact that most of the
local Republican leadership and officials
supported Tom DeLay even when the body of
evidence was way too large to have been
fabricated by Ronnie Earle? Could it be
that even some of the most die-hard
Republicans are ready to throw all the bums
I’m telling you, the locals just do not
have touch with reality.
They truly are “shocked and awed” by the
fact that the democrats are voting
I’ve always said that the only reason
everyone thought there were no democrats
is because, until the very recent past,
there has been no choice.
If they wanted a voice in local
politics, they had to vote Republican.
Well, there is NOW.
I think they will just die in November!
Signed me ....
Knew It All Along
I am so jealous!!!! However, if I
couldn't be there I would pick you next
because you'll let us know the real
scoop, like is Campbell Brown as tall as
she looks and how many times did ya'll
sing The Eyes of Texas before the debate
started. What happens during
commercial breaks? Any fist fights
or honkey tonk music?
It seems your "Has Enough? Vote
Democratic... for a change" signs
have been wildly successful after
you got in to see the debate.
Looking forward to reading more
about it from your special
333 days left til the
Bush/Cheney Criminal Enterprise Club
Your Dam Yankee Friend in Spring,
have to wait until this weekend for
your report?!?! What's with
that? I thought that's why you
got paid the big bucks.
Party on -
February 21 - For you political junkies, something truly amazing
is happening in Fort Bend County. Democrats are
still outvoting Republicans 2 to 1 in the county.
And this is while Republicans are having a HOT
congressional and sheriff's race.
Yesterday's totals were 1,515 Democrats voting and 689
Republicans. Totals for two days? Democrats
are still outvoting Republicans 2 to 1.
What's really jaw dropping is that in traditional
Republicans areas - like First Colony and Cinco Ranch -
Democrats are coming out of the woodwork.
Look, I really don't care if Vickie Iseman is screwing John McCain.
What I do care about is that
she was screwing us.
(Momma, I know I wasn't raise that way, but there's no
other word that fits here. I thought and thought
and --- nope, no other word.)
Three telecom lobbyists and a former McCain aide,
all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity,
said that Iseman spoke up regularly at meetings of
telecom lobbyists in Washington, extolling her
connections to McCain and his office. She would
regularly volunteer at those meetings to be the
point person for the telecom industry in dealing
with McCain's office.
However, I do think that the funniest part of this story
is that the radical rightwing has to side with either
John McCain or The New York Times. Whoa, that'll
give 'em a headache.
People in foreign states are asking me
why Texas has such a complicated delegate selection
Well, it's like this ---
It was all decided several decades ago based on the
average temperature in Abilene in July, Chinese algebra,
how many nakkid people there were at Barton Springs last
Gubernatorial election, and the fact that we ain't got
nothing better to do than make things complicated.
Honey, we're Texas Democrats. We've been real
bored lately. So, we sat around making up rules.
What did you expect us to do? Knit?
Last time I checked, the delegate selection process was
7 pages long and you had to be smarter than Rice
University with a dictionary to understand it.
So, we're gonna have big ole fights on caucus night.
That's what we do for fun because nobody has ever given
a big bear's butt about who we think ought to be
President before now.
We're gonna entertain you on election night.
We're Texas. We're real good at that, and it's
kinda expected of us.
Saw one on a pickem-up-truck here in Austin
"TEXAS POLITICS - Not For The Squeamish"
OK, girl, I've had
enough stinkin corporate coverage of the
here), so pretty please I'm askin'
you for some guerrilla reporting. I'm
sending you this "instructable" on
how to make some spy sunglasses. I think
if you run down to radio shack they can fix
you up with some kinda bluetoothey thing to
live broadcast it. Or go over to
scrounge around the google ads; I saw some
for surveillance equipment in one of 'em.
(It's interesting stuff over there today,
you'll want to go anyway. Dickie and his
gang are actually having some kinda court
We're getting our very own
Obama headquarters here in MISSISSIPPI this
week ourownselves!!! We been in that
fly-through campaign ATM bidness over here
too long ourselves and it is so weird and
wonderful for Democrats to suddenly give a
hoot about our delegates that we are not
going to know how to act. You might have to
post a tutorial or sumthin'.
a Foreign State
I got Bubba's
mailout today. Pretty targeted mailing, I
must say--I'm a Democrat, I live in Texas,
and I'm even in the 27th District. Shhhh!
Don't let the Republicans know this is
possible! I even got that Valentine's
postcard from Mr. Wong or whoever, and I
don't live in Sugarland. They sure do like
to slosh the money around, don't they? I
guess they figure if they throw enough green
manure against the wall some of it will
stick. Anyway, you can assure Mr. B. that I
will vote the Straight Bubba Ticket.
SUSAN: Bubba did a mailout supporting
Reynolds for State Rep. Our
incumbent State Rep is taking a truck load
of money from Craddick's people and is
anti-stem cell research.)
February 20 -
Lookie at this sucker.
This is Fort Bend County. This is home to Tom
DeLay and the most vicious Belles of Heaven Republican
Women's Club on the face of the planet. Darlin',
this is a place where we don't have one single
Democratic countywide office holder.
And on the first day of early voting, we voted twice as
many Democrats as we did Republicans.
Holy Smokes and Great Gumption! I do believe that
some folks have had enough.
And it's happening all over Texas!
Here's a few pictures from Obama's Houston event last night and I'll be
getting some from Bill Clinton's appearance in Victoria
Thanks to Mark for the photos.
February 19 - T.S. has an idea ---
February 19 -
You folks from foreign states probably don't understand why we're all
giddy down here in Texas right now.
This is the first time that anyone's cared who we want
No kidding, up until now Texas has been an ATM machine
for Presidential candidates - they take money out but
unless you've got $1,200 for a ticket, you don't get to
Boy Howdy, has that changed!
Barack is having a big rally in Houston tonight at
the Toyota Center and
will be in Victoria tomorrow (where a close,
personal friend of mine just happens to be the County
I'll have pictures of both events so you can get all
giddy with us Texans, too.
February 19 -
Honey, they don't call her Silly Shelley for nothin'.
Shelley Sekula Gibbs is face down in a big ole pile
Semi-sadly, it's an improvement.
When she lashed out at fellow CD22 Congressional
candidate Pete Olson for taking lobbyist money, it was
revealed that she, too, was taking lobbying money and
took a heap of it while she was on Houston City Council.
It took her campaign manager, C.B. Currier, overnight to come up with this explanation ---
When Shelley has
accepted money from lobbyists she understood it
meant they expected the ability to speak to her
about issues important to them. She did not accept
money from lobbyists who expected her to vote a
certain way simply because of a contribution. Olson,
on the other hand, claims lobbyists don't expect
anything from the candidates they support, even
No, really. He said that. Well, actually, I
think he had to write it and email it because nobody - I
mean nobody - could actually say that with a straight
Hey, C. B., if admitting that your candidate is a
access slut is what you get paid the big bucks for, Lord
knows you've earned it today.
February 19 -
Well, Stanley, that's
another fine mess you've gotten us into.
We have an election starting today that promises to
break every record ever set for turnout.
We have voting machines that are difficult to use and
in short supply.
And now the
Election Chief resigns this morning.
Sweet mother of liberty in a muu-muu! I've seen
kindergarteners with finger paints make less of a mess,
and I've seen pastures with less caca del toro.
I'm voting today. No telling what'll happen by
- We get such cool email from Kelleybee.
some talk here that your boy, the Preachin'
Governor From Arkansas, is angling for a
spot as the GOP Veep candidate...well,
that's not exactly the "McCain & Huck"
ticket I had in mind:
February 18 -
All you Tom DeLay fans out there were delivered a special treat today.
It's not so much that he trashed-talked John McCain -
DeLay always trashed McCain, but it's
where he did it.
“If McCain gets the
nomination, I don’t know what I’ll do,” DeLay said
at the Capitol Hill Club, according to a source in
the room. “I might have to sit this one out.”
He added that a McCain
triumph for the GOP nomination would destroy the
Republican Party. DeLay delivered his luncheon
address to Republicans Assuring Mutual Support
(RAMS), a group of current and former chiefs of
staff and staff directors.
Republicans Assuring Mutual Support? RAMS?
Oh mercy, help us: they're finally admitting that the
Good-Ole-Boys are out in the open! Why didn't they
just call it GOBs?
And don't you know that 90% of the Republican Party
gets on their knees every night and asks God, "Pleeeease
let Tom DeLay sit this one out. Pluuuuesse."
I love yew, Tom DeeeLay. You are determined to deliver
a victory for the Democrats so you can boast that the
GOP fell apart without you.
Honey, you'll be sitting out the next election, too ---
in a federal prison.
- Two of the Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed are having a spat.
I told you that the Republican CD22 race was going to
get ugly, but I didn't know it was going to
get witchy so quickly.
Pete Olson is taking money from the same people who
gave to Tom DeLay, including some with interests other
than just good government.
roughly $11,000 from 15 or so lobbyists through
2007, a sliver of the $314,000 he has received from
all individual donors. The lobbyists' average
donation fell well below the limit of $2,300 per
Well, that just drove candidate Dean Hrbacek
(pronounced: her-bad-chick) nuts. At a GOP
candidate night last week .....
As Hrbacek noted, the
law firm [that hosted an Olson fundraiser] had ties
to Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist who had had
several dealings with DeLay before being convicted
and sent to prison as part of a corruption probe
that also snared an Ohio congressman. The firm's
managing partner, L. Steven Hart, has been listed in
dozens of news media reports as among a group of
government officials and lobbyists who traveled
together to Scotland to play golf.
Okay, you just gotta love it when Republicans are
accusing other Republicans of being in bed with Jack
Abramoff and having ties to Tom DeLay. Duh, Boys,
if you didn't want to be in bed with DeLay and Abramoff,
you wouldn't be a Republican.
Hrbacek got smacked by the green-eyed monster because
Olson is getting money that Hrbacek feels like he's
pandered for. I'll look around to see if I can
find any, but I'm almost certain that there's pictures
of Hrbacek kissing Tom DeLay's patootie at some point.
I'm just sure of it. I mean, I've seen it in
person and surely someone had a camera.
So, Olson, who has even hired DeLay's sleazy former
campaign manager, comes back with a witch-slap across
the face. (Oh, get ready for this because it's a
tad over the snippy limit for a Monday morning ....)
"Dean Hrbacek has
lost his head, and now he has lost his mind," Olson
said, a reference to Hrbacek's campaign leaflet that
used an image of Hrbacek's face combined with a
thinner man's body.
Thank you, Pete Olson, for doing my job for me.
I'm a little slow on Monday morning and I appreciate you
taking up the slack for me.
That's what you get for jumping on the bed.
One more thing - and I really hate to keep picking on
the guy, but he's so danged entertaining - Dean
Hrbacek's campaign website now lists
talking and blogging points because his supporters
are apparently dumber than bean dip and can't think of
one single reason to support him on their own.
He used to send them out my email, but I guess that was
too complicated for his supporters.
keeps trying to label Olson as a crooked
DC insider because 4% of his money comes
from registered lobbyists in DC. Well,
Dean is the one who just hired
Abramoff's political hitman, Stephen
Marks, who worked with Abramoff and
Scanlon. Talk about hypocrisy.
Proof of Hrbacek's loyalty and
admiration for Tom DeLay came when he
led the fight to censure then precinct
chair Bev Carter for refusing to support
DeLay's re-election right before his
indictment but after word of all the
dirty dealings came out. Hrbacek and
the majority of those now in control of
the local GOP went berserk (is that an
oxymoron?) because Carter contended that
scoundrels and crooks don't deserve our
support--even when they are Republican
scoundrels and crooks. Obviously
Hrbacek disagrees. He's just mad that
he didn't get the money himself.
Susan aka Juanita Jean
Some eveedense ya were seekin'.
Click number to see page.
HRBACEK, DEAN A.
SUGAR LAND, TX 77479
HRBACEK & ASSOCIATES PC/ATTORNEY
Thomas Dale DeLay
- M. B. is beginning to wonder if
all Republicans are weird this way or if there's
just been a surge of them discovered lately.
Robert A. McKee, a
long-serving Republican delegate from Western
Maryland, announced his resignation yesterday after
authorities, who say they are conducting a child
pornography investigation, seized two computers,
videotapes and printed materials from his Hagerstown
First elected to the
House of Delegates in 1994, McKee was chairman
of the Western Maryland delegation and sponsored
legislation to protect minors from sexual
predators. McKee, 58, also resigned yesterday
from his post as executive director of Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, a
child mentorship program where he has worked for
The more you Republicans talk about family values, the
more your men get caught acting weirdo.
even bother mentioning that he is a 2004
15 - Oh sweet manna from heaven, Republican
Harris County DA
Chuck Rosenthal is finally resigning today ...
no, no, wait, the best part is coming ... with the Rush
See? I promised this would be good. If I
say it's Christmas you better buy some little twinkling
lights, 'cuz I know stuff.
"Although I have
enjoyed excellent medical and pharmacological
treatment, I have come to learn that the particular
combination of drugs prescribed for me in the past
has caused some impairment in my judgment,"
Rosenthal wrote in his resignation letter.
Rosenthal declined to
I'll be darned and warned. Who would've guessed
it? Pain pills combined with arrogance cause a bad
reaction? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.
Somebody alert the American Medical Association!
Look, I dunno about you but if I were the chief law
enforcement officer in the county, I would not use the
words "enjoy" and "pharmacological treatment" within
fifty or sixty words of each other.
This is a made-for-teevee movie if I ever saw one.
February 15 - TGIF
from Mike Luckovich.
- Nuttier than squirrel poop. Shelley Sekula
Gibbs, who is known as Queen Stumble around here,
has officially become delusional.
Sekula Gibbs was
forced to run as a write-in against Lampson for a
full, two-year term after DeLay withdrew as the GOP
nominee. This week she said "liberal activist
judges" had kept her off the ballot.
The ballot decision
was rendered by a federal judge appointed by
President George H.W. Bush, upheld by a three-judge
panel of the generally conservative U.S. Fifth
Circuit Court of Appeals and turned away by U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the
most conservative high court members.
Well hell, at least she didn't blame the
Spartans or the damned liberal hippie dope-smoking
welfare mother abortionists. I suspect she's
saving that one in reserve.
But my favorite is this ---
supported abortion rights in the early stages of her
Houston City Council service, switched sides later
and now claims a 100 percent "pro-life" voting
record because of her vote for a single piece of
congressional legislation that failed to pass. She
supported city funding for day labor sites because
they were favored by neighborhood groups.
She later opposed the
funding because, she explains, neighborhoods were
made no safer and she discovered that the sites were
used almost exclusively by illegal immigrants.
And then she puts the cherry on top the hypocrisy cake
with this ---
"Elect me to Congress, and I won't make empty
Oh, but first she has to be elected. I get it.
- Remember all you Republicans who got redfaced
indignant over Texas Democrats going to Oklahoma to keep
from being railroaded? Remember how you said that
you paid their salary and they should be forced to stay
and work? Remember how your darling Tom DeLay
tried to use Homeland Security to hunt them down?
it's time for you to get all outraged again.
However, it's kinda sweet that this happened on
Valentine's Day because outrage passes for foreplay in
most Republican homes.
Things just keep
getting uglier on the House floor.
President Bush threatened to delay his weekend trip
to Africa and force Congress to act before key
intelligence programs expire, House Republicans
staged a walkout to protest Democratic inaction on
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act bill.
Frustrated Republicans streamed out of the Capitol
and onto the east steps of the Capitol, a powerful
act aimed at stopping House floor proceedings and
forcing a vote on
the FISA bill.
time your team walked out. Shameful, ain't it?
Well, let's hear it. Where's the Republican walkout
outrage now? Huh? I'm listening, but I ain't
I know you may not be able to read
this because it is not written in
a difference in walking out on to the
steps of your office and driving to
another state. There is difference
walking out to force an action to take
place and running to another state to
stop all actions from taking place.
That's was two sentences. Sorry for
expecting you to be able to follow all
funny lady. Keep amusing yourself with
your blog. I promise not to send any
more long letters.
Oh yes, I keep forgetting that
everything is relative to Republicans.
It's okay to walk out 500 yards, but not
500 miles. It's okay to force
things on people, but not okay to stop
It's okay to to lie start an illegal
war, but getting frisky with a willing
woman is impeachable.
I want to thank you and your crayons for
reminding me once again why I cannot be
a Republican or a little bit pregnant.
And Larry, I hate to think how you're
amusing yourself at my not-a-blog.
Honestly, I don't even want to know.
sounds like 1st Grader Larry did not
get his nap today. He needs to put
on his big-girl panties, assuming he
is republican, and realize picking
up your marbles and going home is
pouting. Surely they have classes
in Kindergarten to avoid that
behavior. The distance traveled is
irrelevant. The reason for, and the
effect of, leaving is highly
- You know what gets me about this whole Medina /
Rosenthal political cover-up? It's not that
they're lying and covering for each other. It's
not even that the
Attorney of Harris County is a total cad, jerk, and
nincompoop. It's not even the hate-filled emails
exchanged around the office like cigars at baby time.
What gets me most is that they're trying to make
"runaway grand jury" a bad thing.
Six members of a
Harris County grand jury who indicted Texas Supreme
Court Justice David Medina and his wife on charges
stemming from the fire that destroyed their Spring
home have filed a lawsuit to talk about the evidence
they saw before handing up the indictments.
Jeffrey Dorrell, an
attorney who was the assistant foreman of the grand
jury, filed the lawsuit on behalf of the members who
want to tell a new grand jury about the evidence
they heard behind closed doors.
They also want to
defend themselves against accusations that they were
part of a "runaway grand jury," Dorrell said.
In Texas, grand juries are the single most powerful
political body. They can subpoena the Governor and
if they do, the Governor has to come.
Runaway grand juries should be the rule, not the
exception. However, grand juries have been turned
into political tools for the prosecution all over Texas
without the checks and balances they were meant to
Prosecutors can lie to grand juries and there's nothing
to keep them from doing it. I've served on a grand
jury was was stunned at the lack of gumption the average
grand juror has. Most of them would have indicted
Mother Teresa if the prosecutor told them she was guilty
of practicing philanthropy and Texas has laws against
that kind of nonsense.
If a grand jury is not no-billing at least 10% of the
cases the district attorney brings to them, then they
are not asking enough questions or coming close to doing
One day, when I have time, I'm gonna pitch a snot-nosed
walleyed hissy fit about Texas grand juries being a
bunch of wimps. Ya'll just watch out for that
because I'm real proud of the Harris County grand jury
for having a pitchfork and a wagon to spread some
gumption around. Lord knows we need it.
February 14 -
time for Valentine's Day!
Bubba says he's real glad the courts overturned the
Texas ban on sex toys. If they hadn't, he would
have been required by law to move to Louisiana.
With the way our Texas government treats
us isn't the use of sex toys kind of
- Texas, I love yew.
Please consider a small donation to the
American Heart Association on Valentine's Day.
February 13 -
Okay, so people have been calling and emailing, asking
me if they can get tickets to the Hillary / Barack
I guess they figure I would know that information
because I used to
own a beauty shop. I dunno.
Odds are highly against you getting tickets to that
sucker, even if you know me.
And if I get some, you ain't getting them because I
really don't like you all that much. Let's face
it, we're barely on speaking terms, and I'm kinda leery
of what the Secret Service may know about you so I'm
claiming that I never met you.
However, I do have a suggestion for you to enjoy the
debate in a dandy way -
Texas Democratic Party is doing it up right at the
Hyatt Regency in Austin. Most likely, I'll be
there. If I were you, I'd make my reservations
today because I figure even that sucker will sell out
faster than double geared lightening because it's been a
long time since we Democrats in Texas have seen the
light at the end of the tunnel.
Go ahead and get reservations for the night at the
Hyatt, too, and then come back on Friday in time for
Fort Bend Democrats "Taking
Back Texas" party.
After spending all that time with me, I might like you
enough to admit knowing you. Maybe. It could
- A customer by the name of Ralph sent me this link
Five Ballsiest People on Earth. (Momma, do not
follow this link. There are impolite words there.
In fact, many of them are just downright rude. I
am almost certain that it's sites like this one that
cause your computer to tremble.)
While Ralph and I agree that their choices are good, we
cannot for the life of us understand why all Texas
County Commissioners are not on this list. I mean,
to take tax free money and gifts from non bid vendors
and developers and then give them the taxpayer's money
even if they do a crummy job (ahem!)
takes some jumbo cajones.
Benny Hinn ain't got nothing on Andy Meyers and Tom
I like and read your blogg often. I
really missed you last week while you
were gone. Please don't do that for a
while. But enough of the butt kissing.
The reason for this note is that in
Spanish "cajones" means boxes and
cojones means balls.
Actually, I was speaking Tex-Czech-Mex,
where cajones means "woman with no shame
Thank you for your patience.
I found your (not a) blog from Folo, and
I enjoy it a lot. A different world from
the hills of upstate NY where I live,
altho' my Congressman, Randy Kuhl, may
be as big an a**hole as some of yours,
but yours seem more entertaining.
Minor point in your "Five Ballsiest
People" note. I think you mean "cojones",
as "cajones" means boxes.
Keep raising hell!
I am becoming the slightest bit
concerned that my customers know more
about balls than I'd prefer in my
Plus, do you have any idea how
humiliating it is to have someone from
upstate New York correct your Spanish?
That takes at least 10 points off my
Total Texas Woman score.
12 - If Republican County Commissioner Tom
Stavinoha doesn't get his rump whipped at the polls
for this alone, then we'll know he "fixed" the
machines in that real special kind of way.
questioning from Fort Bend County Commissioners
Court members, elections administrator J.R. Perez
said Tuesday he recommends that the county scrap
most of the eSlate voting machines it first put into
service in November 2005.
recommends “backing up” by allowing voters to use
paper ballots, in conjunction with a scanning device
that would “read” the ballots, check to make sure
they are properly filled out and then tabulate them
As for the county’s
eSlate machines, which officials said cost the
county between $2 million and $2.5 million
(augmented with $2 million in federal funding),
Perez said he recommends selling them. They
conceivably could bring “50 cents on the dollar.”
Commissioner Tom Stavinoha was the deciding vote to buy
these worthless machines in the first place.
After promising people that he would vote to study them
some more before he spent millions of tax dollars on
something that people didn't want or like, he marched
into the room and voted "YES!" loudest of all.
Then - and this is like something out of a Fellini
movie - he decided to go to Hawaii to help other
counties decide to buy these festering piles of caca del
toro. Hawaii. After I made a fuss, he bought
his own airplane ticket but tax dollars paid his hotel,
food, and ground transportation.
Do you want to know why he told me he liked these voting
machines? You're gonna think I'm making this up
and I'm not. He said he was a retired high shop
teacher and he liked all the little knobs on the machine
because they work just like power tools. I am not
joking. He said that. I hollered at him for
a long time. I mean, it took me a full 20 minutes
of hollering to get enough air out to come down off the
ceiling. It's flat amazing that I didn't whack him
with my notebook.
Look, if he wanted a power tool, he should have bought
So, we're out 5 million dollars for voting machines
that are not going to bring 50 cents on the dollar
because nobody else wants things that don't work.
Let me note that the only Democrat on Commissioners
Court, Grady Prestage, voted against the danged things.
Grady may be worthless as a 4 card flush in most
situations, but he could have saved us all $4.5 million
dollars and 20 pounds of grief if the other
commissioners had listened to him.
I ain't through with this yet. I'm just tired of
typing right now. They will be more and that's a
February 12 -
The votes are in and counted. It's official.
Sugar Land, Texas, is the Goofy Political Mail-out
Capital of the Whole Entire World. Eat your heart
out, Perth, Australia.
First we had CD 22 candidate Dean
Hrbacek and the ceremonial beheading, then we had
another Sugar Land CD 22 candidate,
Pete Olsen, and the lie-about-your-age-and-swear-to-it
United States mail opportunity, and then along come
Sugar Land Councilman and Mayor Wannabe Daniel Wong, who
wants to be your Valentine on the May 10th election day.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.
This one is worth at least a quarter million ----
Click the little one to get the big one.
But in case you believe that less is not more, there's
the back. Again click the little one to ....
dammit, figure it out.
Please take time to note who this was sent to.
Sugar Land ain't got no average voters. No, siree.
The person who sent it to me thinks it must have been
misaddressed, because he's just a good voter. He
thinks the Ted Thompson down the street may be The
I am really glad that Daniel is looking forward to
talking to me about my dreams because I keep having this
reoccurring dream about a Republican President and bad
economy and barbed wire and a feather boa and two scoops
of Ben and Jerry's Chunky Monkey. I dunno what it
all means, but my family is tired tired tired of hearing
If Daniel is "the SMART Choice" I do not want to know
who is the NOT-SO-BRIGHT one.
Also, the location of the campaign headquarters of
Daniel Wong for Sugar Land mayor? Houston.
As one who has scratched my head for years
wondering how Fort Bend County politicians
continue to run campaigns that make you
think that an orangutan served as their
manager, may I point out a frequent common
denominator? Look who proudly serves as
Wong's treasurer--none other than Debra
Ross, assistant associate deputy to High
Poobah Terese Raia of the Belles of Heaven
Republican Know It All but you don't club.
Dean Hrbacek, inventor of the infamous
Photoshop diet is also supported by this
group as is our favorite jihadist style
congress critter Charlie Howard.
Coincidence or not????
are hogging all the stupid. You're the
expert ---- aren't there laws against that?
It's has to be hard carrying the entire
February 12 - A
customer sent me this. I have no idea where it
came from, but since Dean is still
using the body
double on his mail-outs,
I need to let you know he's become world famous.
I have another great scan for you this afternoon.
Republican Sugar Land politicians are the most
entertaining people on earth, and I have proof.
- Okay, I'm home and I have a new daughter-in-law.
Pictures to come.
If you missed
this story at Hal's Shop, head on over and give it a
read. It's some educated speculation why Tom DeLay
might want to get born again again and have us all take
him down to the Brazos River and dunk him until all the
skin and sin is washed off.
Meanwhile, to keep you entertained while I try to sort
through my email this morning, I'll let Ben Sargent
I'm going to be away from the computer machine for a few
days. Unless something real important happens, I won't
be posting or answering emails until next week.
Hang on and try to behave.
Hal promises to have some fun stuff while I'm gone
and he'll be tending the store for me.
February 6 -
We get email from Doyle and Brian ---
So how long, you think, until we find
out that the Democrats were threatening
to disrupt Mitt’s daughter’s wedding?
Dr. Doyle in Eugene
Isn't it kind of George Will to let us
know of his concerns for
the Democratic Party in the upcoming
election? I mean, if Hillary runs
against McCain the Democrats would just
be throwing the election away because
NOBODY would vote for her.
It sure is nice of George to look out
for our party. I know the Republicans
wouldn't try any dirty stuff with Obama-
I mean, that thing about John McCain's
daughter in 2000 would never happen
February 6 - Okay,
so this is the
scariest danged thing I've ever seen in my life.
Pat Buchanan: McCain “will make Cheney look like
And Pat Buchanan would know, ya know. Pat Buchanan
makes John McCain look like Fidel Castro.
February 6 -
Reason #1 why your electricity bill is so danged
Republican State Representative Phil King needed to go
to the Super Bowl real bad.
AUSTIN -- State Rep.
Phil King acknowledged Wednesday that he accepted
two free tickets to the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston
from a utility industry lobbyist.
Republican, chairman of the House Committee on
Regulated Industries, watched the game from a luxury
suite of CenterPoint Energy, a Houston energy
company. King told the Star-Telegram in
2005 that CenterPoint did not pay for his ticket and
that he did not discuss legislative business during
But, he didn't stop
King also drew
criticism in 2005 for a celebratory dinner for the
members of his regulated industries committee at the
home of a powerful lobbyist whose clients include
AT&T and FPL Energy -- each with business before
King's house committee. Catering was courtesy of
telecommunications companies SBC and Grande
Communications, also with business before the
King raised eyebrows
last year when he enlisted the support of a powerful
industry group to lobby his state colleagues on
behalf of two bills that were then being criticized
by consumer groups.
February 5 -
Well, it gets even better ----
Our friend Sam in Pearland got some interesting mail
We got this little gem in the mail
today from the same Republican nuts who
sent the "over 65" mailers. If they
can't even get an address right, what
does this say about their ability to run
anything? Hey Repugs, just change the
name of your party to "Weinies R Us",
nothing. I got a Robocall on Super
Tuesday and heard Honest John McCain
himself tell me to vote for him
"today." Well, first I'm not a
Republican, but I have a 281 area code,
which means Houston--and last time I
checked Houston was in Texas--which
means I CAN'T vote on Super Tuesday, but
must wait until March. What are these
fools playing at?
Reminds me of the story when FDR was
running for Governor of New York. He's
driving all over the state giving
speeches and he makes a stop in a nice
little town, gathers a crowd around him
and gives a real stem-winder. Folks was
all fired up, but he lost them when he
said, "If I'm elected Governor of this
great state of New York. . ." One
fellow said, "Hey Mister, this is
February 5 -
I got some questions for you.
1. When was the
last time the Texas Attorney General
announced the indictment of anyone for a Class B
2. Do you think maybe Pete Olsen could be next?
defendants allegedly delivered mail-in ballot
applications to numerous residents in Duval County,
many of whom were ineligible to vote by mail. Only
those who are disabled, age 65 and above, or expect
to be out of the county during an election are
eligible to vote by mail. The completed ballot
applications mailed to the voter registrar by the
defendants typically included a box check-marked to
indicate many of the voters were “disabled” when
they were not.
Uh, Attorney General Abbott, Dude, look out.
Republican CD22 candidate Pete Olsen did the same thing
except he used the United States mail to do it.
(Click the little one to get the big one.)
These suckers were mailed to Triple D Democrats
FAR under the age of 65, like even half that age.
You'll notice that the little over 65 box is checked.
I guess it's one of them "Democrats Only" rules, huh?
February 5 - Okay,
I'm real worried.
The national Presidential campaigns are coming to Texas.
Y'all have to behave, ya hear?
I mean, already 70% of the country thinks we're either
worthless, insane, or not all that bright. And who
can blame them what with Tom DeLay and George Bush being
prime examples of Texas manhood?
You guys try real hard not to say anything stoopid or
get caught running through the State Capitol wearing
nothing but a coonskin cap and singing The Cotton Eyed
Joe at the top of your lungs. Been there.
Done that. Do not do it again.
And don't send no Yankee reporters out on a cow
tripping mission. They talk amongst themselves and
are not a forgiving bunch.
Act like you don't know who Rick Perry is. That's
important for curing the "not all that bright" thing.
Do not make fun of people wearing their jeans tucked
inside their boots. They're trying to fit in but
don't know any better.
If you hear anybody holler, "Hey, Bubba, watch this!"
try to distract any foreign visitors until the ambulance
But, most importantly, if they ask you who your
Presidential preference is, the correct answer is
February 5 -
Good morning from Ben Sargent ---
February 4 -
Well, rats! GOP CD22 candidate with
a national following, Dean
Hrbacek, has given up on body snatching.
He's taking all the fun out of getting his mailers and
guessing whose body he's using today. This appears
to be his real body.
This time, strategic cropping hides the real Dean.
Click the little one to get the big one.
Yep, no more full body shots or squatting.
attention. It's the same photo as
before. Look at the suit and tie -
same. They just Photoshopped the head
on better this time and cleaned it up a
doing it! Talk about a guy who doesn't
February 4 - I dunno,
maybe it's just me, but when I spend a lot of money on
something, I want it to make me look good.
I guess it is just me.
I know that because Shelley Sekula Gibbs
has spent almost half a million dollars for the
opportunity to make herself look stoopid in front of
large groups of people.
WASHINGTON – Shelley
Sekula Gibbs, who finished two months of former
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's term when he
resigned, owes $490,000 for her election campaigns,
including $240,000 in debt for her latest effort to
win the Houston-area congressional seat.
Everybody knows she went to Washington Dee Cee for two
whole months and acted like the biggest fool in town,
which is something to behold in Dee Cee because the
competition is stiff.
Look, I'm gonna be honest with you, if I spend half a
million on something, it's not going to make my butt
look big. Shelley, tragically, cannot say the same
Shelley, Babe, use it to buy a personality. Or
some IQ points.
February 4 -
If you've been hanging around here for a while, you
know I'm a huge John Mellencamp fan.
Well, Earl just let me know that
John McCain has appropriated "Pink House."
Pink Houses, no less. What the fool tarnation does a
Republican know about
pink houses? Haven't they listened to words?
Ain't that America?
Goodness Sake, we cannot let these people be in charge
any more -- they don't even listen to the lyrics.
February 2 -
This morning, I noticed that our local daily, the
Fort Texas Bend Coaster Herald Cougar Mellencamp, had a
half-page ad from the local GOP announcing that "the
local GOP is under new management."
Oh yeah, like the old management wasn't winning enough
For you folks from foreign states, our local GOP had a
big ole ruckus last year. I mean, the last time
there was that much infighting, Sherman marched through
Georgia. Except this one was bloodier and involved
Beemers, golf clubs, Bibles, and two tons of sanctimony.
I wish I could scan the ad to show you, but it's too
darned big to fit in my scanner. It's like, well,
.... half a page. Of a newspaper.
That's bigger than my hair, Honey.
The best I could do is take a picture of it with my
favorite houseshoes beside it so you can see the size of
this sucker. Heck, even the picture of it weighs
seven pounds. Click the little one to get the big
So, they used Republican Party money to put color pictures of
themselves in the newspaper. Hot doggit, guys!
Way to go! I think you need to congratulate your
local Republican Party Officers at least weekly with
full color half page ads. I'm wholly in favor of
it. Heck, I'll even kick in a buck or two if
you'll pay for the rest of it with GOP campaign money.
None of the Party officers are up for election for the
next two years, so unless average voting folks are
pondering on framing the ad and hanging it on their wall
to remind themselves how to vote in March of 2010, it
seems just a tad narcissistic of these officers.
But, hey, we've lived under George W Bush for 7 years so
we understand that Mission Accomplished thing. I
guess we Democrats should talk them into renting an
aircraft carrier for the next local Party Officers
It would have been more productive to buy hay for a
mechanical bull, Babe, than to run this ad.
Next thing we know, a slew of Republicans all stood in
the rotunda of the courthouse and had their picture
made. Every GOP elected official, precinct chair,
and candidate in the county showed up for the photo op.
They put it on
website right here, winning recognition in the
Guinness Book of World Records for the largest group of
white people in one place since Sears and Roebucks
opened a store in Utah in 1953.
Well, the picture reminded our buddy Mark of something.
It nagged and nagged at him. Where had he seen
this picture before? The picture was obviously
staged to appeal to something in our subconscious.
Where had we seen this picture before?
Could it be .......?
Click the little one to get the big one.
(That body double stuff is heck, ain't it?)
Here's the original if your memory needs jogging.
It was twenty years
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years,
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
You have done it again! I just spit coffee
all over my computer laughing at the Fort
Bend GOP. Mark may be on to something--the
body he picked for Hrbacek is bound to win
more votes than the Dave Wallace look alike
his campaign picked.
Now, since the local GOP has so much money
that it does not want to spend on real
elections, do you think I could send them
the bill for this coffee infested computer?
Or should I bill it to Meyers at Campaign
Solutions LLC or perhaps to office space
rental at Hrbacek's address? I do want to
follow the new Republican credo and not pay
for anything myself that I can pawn onto
some campaign slush fund.
Here's to Sergeant Miller's Lonely Votes
The New and
Improved Fluffy FBGOP.
the FB Dems...and OF COURSE the woman is the
Our friend Mark has many creative talents.
Now about those slippers...where does one
find such beauties?????
NOTE TO FRAN:
One can find those slippers at Clara Sue's
House of Beauty & Pink Stuff in lovely
downtown Pleak, Texas. It's right next
to the Kabota dealership.
can run an ad before the election, but after
the Republicans get through bitin' and
scratchin' each other during the
election people will be so mad at them
they'll have to wear paper bags over their
heads with smiley faces drawn on them. It's
like the joke that the Republican Party's
idea of playing Russian Roulette is to load
5 of the 6 chambers in the revolver instead
of just one--because they just can't stand
to play fair.
It's a shame
that your friends from foreign states won't
get the humor of the four boys in the band
on the front row. They are the
kickback kings of government. The Tom
DeLay as Mao is a great touch, too.
February 1 - JW
send us a little reminder that Texans know a song about
As I read this article in the NYTimes
this morning about
the far right taking a new look at John
McCain, a funny thing happened.
Mickey Gilley started singing in my
head: “The girls all get prettier at
closing time; they all begin to look
like movie stars; Ain’t it funny, ain’t
it strange, the way a man’s opinions
change, when he starts to face that
The girls all get prettier at closing
They all begin to look like movie stars
The girls all get prettier at closing
When the change starts taking place
It puts a glow on every face
Of the falling angels of the back street
If I could rate' em on a scale from 1 to
I'm lookin' for a 9 but 8 would slip
A few more drinks and I might slip to a
5 or even a 4
But when tomorrow morning comes, and I
wake up with a number 1
I swear I'll never do it anymore
Now I don't mean to criticize the girls
Cause I know Robert Redford even
We all picture in our minds a girl that
looks just right
Ain't it funny, ain't it strange, how a
man's opinions change
When he starts to face that lonely night
But Sam lets us know that you can't get drunk enough to
take Ann Coulter home, and that's a scientific fact.
February 1 - I
suspect I have to kiss a toad because I would have bet
cash money that these word would never have come out of
Montel Williams is danged hero.
No, seriously. I mean it. Good on him.
You will clap your hands for him.
February 1 -
It's official. CD22 GOP candidate Dean Hrbacek
and his phantom body has to withdraw.
He made Paul Harvey yesterday.
If you want to hear just the good part without
listening to the other 4 minutes of Paul Harvey, I offer
you at no additional charge
version. If you download it to your MP3
player, there's some additional treats included.
Seriously, he has to withdraw. Once you make Paul
Harvey, it's the law or something.
What makes it even worse is that Harvey calls him "The
Mayor of Sugar Land."
Okay, let me make this easier for radio people -- his
name is pronounced "her-bah-check" and he's not the
Mayor anymore because the voters kicked him out of
office. But, he thinks he can be elected to
Congress. Yeah, well, I can't explain it either.
And another reason Dean might as well drop out, is that
he's not raising much money.
He had to loan himself $63,000 this reporting period
just to keep his head above water.
he hired Stephen Marks for $14,000. You know
Marks, he wrote Confessions of a Political Hitman.
Alan Bernstein's blog at the Chronicle has
more on Marks.
Ho Boy, hiring Marks has just got the thrill the GOP
February 1 - There's
a new blog in town that I think we're all going to like
the heck out of - it's by
Bernstein at the Chronicle.
Count on even coverage - which always makes the
Republicans cry that there's a liberal bias. Yeah,
well, reality has a liberal bias, Dudes, so quit
Welcome to the website formerly known as The World's Most
Dangerous Beauty Salon, Inc.
My name is
Susan DuQuesnay Bankston.
I live in Richmond, Texas, in heart of Tom
DeLay's old district. It's crazy here.
No, seriously, it's triple z crazzzy.
I used to be an independent voter, but that all changed when
I got to know a few local Republicans. They are meaner
than 10 acres of snakes and have the ethical compass of a
decided that they could just Kiss My Big Blue Butt.
A lot of
what I post here has to do with local politics, but you
probably have the same folks in your local government.
a blog. Blogs are way too trendy for me. I've
been doing this since 1992, so I'm used to it even if you
and I'll find a place to put it if I like it.