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January 30 - Rats!
Just when I went out of the beauty shop business,
there's money to be made ....
Chardonnay and cheese are
no longer enough to draw a Capitol crowd to receptions
hosted by trade associations or their lobbyists.
Tonight at the Four
Seasons Hotel, the "ladies of the Legislature," as the
invitation from Texans for Lawsuit Reform refers to
them, will be offered mini-massages (feet, hands and
necks only), manicures and pedicures, along with "food
and cocktails galore" at the tort reform group's "girls'
Check out the invite!
I don't know about you but I'm rsvp-ing because there's
no possible way they could know I'm not a staffer.
On the other hand, I'd have to be in the same room with
with members of the Lege.
Nah, forget it.
January 30 -
Tom DeLay day here at KissMyBigBlueButt, an almost weekly
event because Tom DeLay set the benchmark for slimy
apparently the mishaps of Tom DeLay had no effect on Texas
Liquor wholesalers ply legislators with cash
They've donated $1.7M in bid to sell direct to
restaurants, bars; package stores worried
AUSTIN – Liquor wholesalers dumped nearly $1.7 million
on Texas lawmakers in the weeks leading up to the 2007
Legislature while pushing for changes that would allow
them to sell booze directly to restaurants and bars.
And, in a second-cousin related by slime story,
DeLay crawled across NASA.
WASHINGTON — NASA administrator Michael Griffin got a
sharp reprimand from a federal watchdog today for
comments that could have been interpreted as a political
endorsement of embattled lawmaker Tom DeLay in Houston
"We were concerned about the appearance that this was an
endorsement of Tom DeLay by Mr. Griffin acting in his
official capacity in Houston, very close to (DeLay's)
district," Special Counsel Scott Bloch told the
"We are not releasing the letter sent to Mr. Griffin,
but it was sternly worded," Bloch said.
Oh no, not the sternly worded letter! Anything but
the sternly worded letter! Ewwww-oooowww, that hurts!
You can get a paper cut from a sternly worded letter.
January 29 -
Okay, here’s the deal. I will personally pay the filing
fee for somebody with a lick of sense to run against my
county commissioner, Tom Stavinoha.
I have come to the conclusion that Tom Stavinoha entering
a room is the same and eight good men leaving.
Not so much because he went off to Hawaii on county
money to offer his expertise to other commissioners on the
Help America Vote Act. (Remember he’s the guy who told me
he selected those idiotic machines we use to vote because
it had “dials” on it and he’s used to dials because he
taught high school shop for 20 years. Hey, Tom, It’s the
Help AMERICA Vote Act, not the Help TOM Vote Act, dumbguy.)
And not so much because he left his constituents in a
trail of dust, literally, on the landfill.
And not even because he’s known as “Ticket-man,”
because he pesters all the county vendors to give him free
tickets to baseball games and the rodeo.
There are hundreds of reasons why this guy has to go.
But, the one that’s got me all sideways this morning is
his “newsletter.” Click
open it in PDF format.
Oh yeah, I’ve got pictures. I mean, you’ve just got
to get yourself a copy. I do not know what language
Commissioner Stavinoha speaks and writes, but it ain’t
English. It’s a blessing that he taught shop instead of
You really need to open the pdf file and see it full-sized
in expensive color. I cannot believe that several trees
died for this. It’s as worthless as a canceled stamp.
I don’t see any political expenditures for this, so
that means Tom’s favorite moneybags paid for it – you!
What a crock of crumbs.
Well, Susan, here's
the problem with running against Mr. Stavinoha.
You might win. Then what? You have to deal with
all those other nincompoops sitting in the big
chairs. Not to mention the high level of
intelligence that abounds in all areas of county
government. It could drive a good woman to
drink....oh yea, it did.
lifting my glass to
Re: Commissioner Stavinoha’s Newsletter
Not only do Texans talk funny, they write funny
Jay Bee in Dee Cee
January 29 -
Okay, so I have called everybody I know in Washington Dee
Cee and asked them to scamper over to the federal
courthouse and get me a Scooter Libby trial tee-shirt or
baseball cap or koozie or whatever.
I do not believe that they’re not selling any. I think my
Washington Dee Cee friends lie. Surely someone is selling
memorabilia. I mean, a tee-shirt with “Talk dirty to me,
Scooter” printed on the front would certainly be something
I’d want in my wardrobe.
And to you Fox News viewers who ended up here by
mistake because you’re either drunk or lost: there’s a
trial going on in Washington. It appears that some
members of the President’s team have been fibbing. Oh,
oh, oh, what will we tell the children?
January 29 -
Today’s Wall Street Journal (subscription only) has an
the new ethics bill for Congress.
It seems that they cannot take meals from lobbyists,
but they can eat free “hors d'oeuvres” (a French word
meaning “not enough”). It’s being called the toothpick
cut down on wining and dining by lobbyists, the House
and Senate have drafted new rules that bar lawmakers and
congressional aides from accepting almost any meals from
lobbyists. Hors d'oeuvres are an exception. So is "food
that you have to eat standing up using a toothpick,"
explains Washington lawyer Brett Kappel, who advises
lobbyists and companies about ethics rules. Oyster
pasta, the seafood lobbyists decided, would be difficult
to eat with toothpicks.
Now, see, that would not be a problem in Texas, where
everything we eat can be eaten standing up. Except we
don’t use toothpicks. We use our fingers like God
Oyster pasta. What a horrible thing to do to
perfectly good oysters. It's a good thing that we put a
stop to that.
January 28 -
it’s about butts and boobs, Charlie Howard is on it like
white on rice.
State Representative Charlie Howard of Sugar Land,
everybody’s favorite greedy Republican, is making waves
with his dirty talk in Austin again.
Charlie loves to talk dirty. Every session he
introduces at least one bill that will allow him to give a
speech with the words “breast, nude, or sexually” in it.
He once introduced a bill against proper chicken labeling
at KFC. Okay, so I made-up that last part, but it’s
something he’d do if I called and told him that people who
liked wings were really ordering breasts just to get
This time it’s billboards.
HB880 (PDF format), Charlie’s latest bill, cannot be
read in front of children.
SECTION 2. Chapter 47, Business &
Commerce Code, is amended by adding Section 47.005 to read
Sec. 47.005. SIGNS. (a) In this section:
(1) "Nude" means:
(A) entirely unclothed; or
(B) clothed in a manner that leaves uncovered or visible
through less than fully opaque clothing any portion of the
breasts below the top of the areola of the breasts, if the
person is female, or any portion of the genitals or
I can just hear ole Charlie, making genitals a four
syllable word on the floor of the Texas House.
Charlie contends that outlawing these billboards
“would mitigate the adverse secondary effects of sexually
oriented businesses, improve traffic safety, limit harm to
minors, reduce prostitution, crime, juvenile delinquency,
and deterioration in property values, encourage
neighborhood improvement efforts, bring about world peace
and do away with the need for root canals.” Okay, so I
made-up the last two. But only the last two and you
wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t have told you, huh?
Why, it’s a miracle!, Brothers and Sisters No
buttocks – no disease, war, hoodlums, or traffic jams.
And, by the way, who gets to decide where the
buttocks actually stop and start? Charlie?
January 26 -
I just love it when Republicans fight.
Land developer Will Perry
has filed suit against Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace
and two other former business partners, saying they’re
trying to collect on a fraudulent real estate commission
Like I've always said, you cannot trust them when it comes
I guess this means that Wallace won't be running for
Okay, okay, let's get serious here. Who to root
for? Bob Perry's son or David Wallace, Young Prince
of Sugar Land. Goodness sake, I'm embarrassing
myself with delight.
Here's a copy of the lawsuit.
January 26 -
Y'all all say a little prayer for Molly Ivins. She
just went back to the hospital in her battle with breast
I'll post a link when I find one.
Okay, here it is.
January 26 -
just when you thought he’d quiet down,
Tom DeLay is out there advising again. First off,
it’s nice to know that he has pronounced Mormons to be
actual human beings. Of Mitt Romney, DeLay says ---
Romney’s Mormon faith, DeLay said, is not an issue for
know a lot of Mormons who are elected officials,” DeLay
said. “[Rep.] John Doolittle (R-Calif.) is one of my
best friends … Usually when you find a Mormon
politician, they’re very conservative people. How that
works in the body politic and the Bible Belt … how
that’s going to play, I just don’t know.”
And you gotta wonder how much it costs to get DeLay to
endorse your opponent. Everything DeLay does has a price
Despite the early politicking, DeLay is waiting to throw
his support behind the “right” candidate, yet noted that
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and former Arkansas Gov.
Mike Huckabee are his “two personal favorites” in the
field of GOP presidential contenders.
Poor guys. I wonder how
much that cost Rudy Giuliani?
January 26 -
Personal responsibility. Take some – it’s free!
A bill has been introduced in the Texas House that
makes the owner of a website responsible for material on
that website. It’s
HB129. (It will open in PDF)
Sec. 73.0045. LIABILITY OF AUTHOR OF WEBSITE POSTING. (a)
The author of a defamatory statement expressed on an
Internet website is subject to a libel suit in the same
manner as if the author had published the defamatory
statement in any other written or graphic form.
January 26 - Bless
politicians never keep their promises.
Pennsylvania Republican Don
Sherwood, who lost his House seat last fall, is now
refusing to pay his ex-mistress more than half of a
$500,000 settlement he promised her to keep quiet about
their affair, according to two people familiar with the
The settlement ended a $5.5
million federal lawsuit in which the ex-mistress accused
the married father of three of attacking her violently
and repeatedly during a five-year relationship.
family values ..... maybe Sherwood will let you borrow
January 26 -
would think that politicians wouldn’t take campaign
contribution kickbacks from a corporation with
a recent proven record for
overbilling government entities.
And if you live in this county, you’d think wrong. Just
check the commissioners’ latest contribution reports – on
the left side panel – and then ask them if they’ve
investigated PBS&J for overcharging on the work they’ve
done in this county.
No siree, our comish boys will take money in any way,
shape or fashion.
The Justice Department
said more than a dozen federal agencies were affected by
the fraud, including the Army, Homeland Security and the
Department of Interior.
PBS&J, which has had an
auditor combing its books, previously disclosed that
various state transportation agencies were overcharged
as a result of the embezzlement.
The St. Petersburg Times
reported on its website this month that PBS&J refunded
$11 million to the Florida Department of Transportation.
January 25 -
When it ain't your time,
it just ain't your time.
A Missouri City woman was
hospitalized early Thursday morning after surviving an
explosion that destroyed her home, shaking the ground
and rattling windows for blocks around.
Ann Patterson Smith, 68,
is in the Southwest Memorial Hermann intensive care
unit, but apparently is doing remarkably well. Her
house, at 3403 Covey Trail in Quail Valley, was
destroyed by fire after the blast, a Missouri City
Police Department spokesman said.
“When we got there, it
was gone,” Missouri City Fire Department spokesman Lee
Atchison said of the house. Police officers and a
neighbor found Smith in the back yard of her property
and called for an ambulance, he said.
Next time there's a thunderstorm, I'm standing next to
It's the first sunny day here in two weeks, so I be out in
the backyard .... unless I think of something funny.
I have hibiscus blooming - I love Texas.
January 24 -
We can all take a little pride in the fact that
this wasn't Shelley Sekula Gibbs, although it would
have been had she won.
Bush's State of the Union address Tuesday night,
newly-elected Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) displayed an
"overly enthusiastic desire" to touch the Commander in
Chief. A television station in Minneapolis noted that
the freshman congresswoman "can't keep her hand off
It's really worth
watching the tape.
January 24 -
You can bet your best pair of pink boots that
He's probably already written his dedication speech.
I've got the motto: You can't get to Booth without
crossing Andy Meyers!
few years, a new toll bridge could cross the Brazos
River, taking traffic from south University Boulevard in
Sugar Land to Greatwood, or the tiny town of Booth.
“It could be a back-door
way to get to Greatwood,” Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy
While City of Sugar Land
officials have not wholeheartedly embraced the idea,
Meyers said he has been told they would consider it.
It's been a while since commissioners named something
after themselves, so Andy's gotta be figuring it's his
January 24 - I'm not
making this stuff up. I think Bob Hebert lies about
things that don’t really matter just to stay in practice.
It seems that Bev Carter (I will provide a link when
she posts it on her website) called Bob Hebert about the
$6,200 illegal campaign
expenditure to his wife for bookkeeping services. At
first Bob denied it was illegal but decided to call the
Texas Ethics Commission himself, although ...
candidate or officeholder may not use political
contributions to pay for personal services rendered by
the candidate or officeholder or by the spouse..."
.....doesn't seem real overly technical to me. I
could probably figure that out without a phone call.
So, he called Bev back and told her that, to his
surprise, sure ‘nuf, “the
law had changed recently,” and I was right.
Recently? Oh yeah, like back in the ‘70’s. The
TEC opinions go back as far as 1992, and I can prove right
it was the law in at least 1992.
I guess it depends on what your definition of
“recently” is, but it was long before Bob Hebert got
elected to office.
I mean, why wouldn't you just say, "I didn't read the
rules. I screwed up." Or even, "I forgot about
that rule, but I re-read the rules and I won't do that
again." Why would you say recent when it was before
And then to add a sideways lie to the straight one head
on, he says, "he
had promised his wife $100 a month for keeping his
campaign accounts and since he had money left over this
year, he just caught her up on several years when he had
not paid her."
I don't know what promises Bob made to his wife, but if
he told her that this was the first year he had money left
over, he's sleeping in the doghouse tonight.
June, 2006 - he had $119,841 left over
December, 2005 - he had $137,794 left over
June, 2005 - he had $113,063 left over
December, 2004 - he had $62,803 left over`
June, 2004 - he had $78,020 left over
December, 2003 - he had $42,927 left over
June, 2003 - he had $16,683 left over.
I'd pull out his other reports to show that he's always
had money left over to pay her, but I'd have to go
upstairs and get the box out of the closet and then I'd
start really looking at these reports and get hacked-off
all over again and the only way it'd be worth it is if his
wife hosed him down and set him in a draft for making her
WTH if Bob Hebert can't understand a simple
paragraph like this:
candidate or officeholder may not use
political contributions to pay for personal
services rendered by the candidate or
officeholder or by the spouse...",
how can he be a judge?? Doesn't he have to
be able to READ?
Does Bob Hebert think he can
take it with him? I think $100,00 a year
in tax-free money must be more temptation than
a man can handle. When he pays the money
back to his campaign account, is he going to
Teachers Must HATE Politicians (at least when
"I guess it
depends on what your definition of “recently”
Do you happen
to recall the term that pitiful excuse of
judicial “Honor” used when he stated the
amount of time he promised to wait
before slipping himself another unwarranted
had promised his wife $100 a month for keeping
his campaign accounts and since he had money
left over this year, he just caught her up on
several years when he had not paid her."
illegal aspect(s) of this statement, if
Herbert's Mrs. is really cookin'/keepin' his
books well enough to warrant payment for
services rendered, shouldn't she have known
about "left over" funds years ago?
The man may
give heaps of OP's$ to local charities,
but Hebert's judicial Honorable seems to have
absolutely NO relation to the most commonly
inferred definition of the adjective
which include the following:
by, or with a reputation for having,
strong moral and ethical principles
or winning honor, respect, recognition, or
and moral in intent
merely to use the
designation defined as "a title...to address a
parliamentary colleague." Therefore, we’d
best watch our wallets (and tax statements)
while he's Honorably glad-handing us.
Luv Ya Blue Butt!
January 24 -
This is something you don't see everyday - good news for
people who've had relatives die.
County Judge Bob "Big Daddy Kickbacks" Hebert has
decided that he won't robe-up to hear probate matters
After bragging around town that he was gonna be a real
judge and hear probate matters even though he didn't go to
law school, Hebert suddenly up and changed his mind.
Hebert finally got around to reading the Code of Judicial
Conduct. After consulting with the County Attorney's
probably remembering this), Hebert decided that the
standards of behavior for a real judge are a smidgen too
high for him.
Plus, unlike our District Attorneys office, the
Commission on Judicial Conduct actually enforces the rules
on politicians riding sidesaddle over the statutes.
Hebert wanted to hear probate cases because it would
mean double-dipping pay for himself. He would get
paid extra for hearing the probate cases while we were
paying his administrative duties as county judge.
So, the taxpayers get a break, the real judges in the
county are breathing a sigh of relief, and if you have a
relative die you won't have to give a campaign
contribution to get into court. Looks like we
citizens won this round all 'round.
Take the robe off, Bob. You look like an idiot.
January 23 -
With friends like Ted Nugent, you don't need Carole Keeton
Ted Nugent, who is the only famous person Governor Rick
Perry could get to his inauguration party, tells us that
talks some jack on the telephone when he thinks he has
In an extended interview
with the Star-Telegram, Nugent said Perry called
him over the weekend to express his support for the
guitarist and the Confederate symbol emblazoned on a
T-shirt that he wore at the Jan. 16 event.
Perry "called me to tell
me, when they attack me for wearing the rebel flag, 'be
sure you tell them that I, as governor, support the
waving of the rebel flag at the Laredo airport,
alongside with the American, Texas and Mexican flags,
and tell them to drop dead.'"
I'm just glad
that the Governor has a little friend. We have been
worried that he's lonely up there in Austin.
For you people from foreign states, we real Texans do
not fly the confederate flag.
We have an assortment of historic and meaningful flags
that we fly. Some of my favorites being ---
The Zavala Flag
and the ...
The Gonzales Flag
is rare to see a confederate flag in Texas. In fact,
our hero, Governor, Senator, and President of the Republic
of Texas Sam Houston, refused to take an oath to the
confederacy and retired from office instead.
So, if you see a confederate flag in Texas, it means
that either Bubba from Georgia is passing through in his
pick up to look for work in California, or some damn fool
wants to pick a fight.
About rarely seeing
the confederate flag in Texas: You ain't been to
Vidor or Jasper in awhile, have you?
January 22 -
so I’m not saying that the Big Guy in Sky is trying to
tell the people of Texas something,
ice formation inside a Morton, Texas, grocery store's
freezer is prompting tears from people who see it and has
apparently answered the prayers of some visitors,
according to a Local 6 News report.
Thrifty Foods employee Alma Avalos said when she went to
the back she noticed that some drops of water from the
ceiling had frozen.
and more people began to hear about the Virgin Mary,
they started traveling in droves to see the ice.
You just gotta wonder about all these signs coming to
Texas. First it was the laundry
room floor in Wild Peach, now the freezer at Thrifty
At least the folks in Morton put out some flowers and
lowered the price of corn dogs before they alerted the
I’m gonna check the dust bunnies under my bed. I'm
pretty darned certain that at least one of them strongly
resembles Ezekiel’s’ wheel.
Susan, hold the phone-religous signs in working
class neighborhoods and dead birds on capitol in
austin-sounds right to me-whachathink?
Please don't let your momma look too good at that
ice thing. It look nasty to me but what would
I know, I've never been to the freezer at Thrifty
in New Mexico
I'm with Peg on this
one. I didn't have to squint my eyes up to see
the naughty thing, like I did when I was trying to
make it our as the Virgin Mary.
Stephanie up in
January 22 -
love how nice the Republicans have become since they’re
not able to be bullies anymore.
With Bush having the
lowest approval rating since Nixon, all of a sudden
the Republicans have found “nice.”
It’s expected that Bush’s speech tomorrow night might
get a chilly reception in the House, but
Trent Lott has a fix for that: Democrats should not
act like Republicans.
hope we won’t be acting like children as we have been in
recent years where one side jumps up and the other sits
down and then the other side jumps up. How pathetic that
is,” said Lott.
Yeah, Trent, pathetic.
I recall watching a State if the Union address when
Tom DeLay and Dick Armey actually made faces, elbowed each
other, and giggled at Bill Clinton. The cat must have had
Trent’s tongue that day.
There is also a school of thought that Bush won’t
even show up tomorrow night. After all, he’s the decider.
Isn't it amusing that the Republicans keep
hoping that the Democrats don't do the things
they did now that the Dems are in control.
Talk about childish..you can't do that because
we already did. The Democrats don't have to
make fun of Dubya, he does a fine job of
making a fool of himself.
January 21 -
Scraping the bottom of the barrel. The headline
Gingrich: 2008 run would be last resort
WASHINGTON - First, Newt
Gingrich said he would run for president in 2008 only if
no other Republican emerged as a clear front-runner.
Now, the former House speaker says he will run only as a
Yeah, well, thank you Newt for expressing my sentiments
January 20 - UPDATE:
Never mind. The thread has been shut down. I
tend to do that to conversations. Sorry.
I've got some stuff to do this weekend, but I have
not left you without entertainment.
I got into a little brawl with the Republicans over at
Bob's site because they up and decided that I am far more
important than I truly am.
A little background - five years ago I wrote a local
newspaper column and they still haven't gotten over it.
The newspaper had a conservative writing an opposite
column to mine,
but it didn't work out for him. They don't like
to talk about that.
Last time I checked, I have been blamed for teaching
Republicans how to fight with each other in a most vicious
manner (post #112) and several other things of which
I am very proud.
It starts about post #88 It's one of those
things where you can explain it to them but you can't
understand it for them.
January 20 -
here’s the deal.
Some whiney babies are complaining that I’m only
posting the campaign contribution and expenditure reports
Five words: Kiss My Big Blue Butt
If you want to see all the campaign finance reports,
haul your happy Republican patootie over to the elections
division of the courthouse and pay for them yourself. Or,
better yet, go to the 4 to 1 Republican majority on
Commissioner’s Court and demand that they save the county
a whole mess of money by putting all the reports online
for everyone to see. Like in Travis County.
A year ago, I announced that I was only posting
Republican reports until Republicans voted to put them
online. I’m hell bent for leather on this one.
Here's Tom Stavinoha's.
Remind me to tell you about "Ticket Tom" sometime.
Here's James Patterson
January 19 -
the Republicans whine about Hollywood liberals?
TEXAS — Hours after Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his
second full term in office, Ted Nugent helped him
celebrate at a black-tie gala, but not all attendees
were pleased by the rocker's performance.
Using machine guns as
props, Nugent, 58, appeared onstage as the final act of
the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned
with the Confederate flag and shouting offensive remarks
about non-English speakers, according to people who were
Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be Ted Nugent.
One of the funniest things I've heard all week
was when Stephen Colbert responded to Bill
O'Reilly's statement that "I'm not a tough guy, this
is all an act." by asking "If you're an act, then
what am I?" Ted Nugent is much the same. He's an
act. A tough act, but an act just the same.
We finally got some snow flurries today and the
temperature has fallen into the 20's. It's about
time things got seasonal here -- I was afraid I was
going to end up having to mow yard in February like
I did in Houston.
January 18 -
even the Methodists don't want him.
DALLAS (AP) - A group of Methodist ministers from
across the nation launched an online petition drive
Thursday urging Southern Methodist University to stop
trying to land George W. Bush's presidential library.
The petition, on a newly created Web site, , says
that "as United Methodists, we believe that the linking
of his presidency with a university bearing the
Methodist name is utterly inappropriate.
"Methodists have a long history of social conscience,
so questions about the conduct of this president are
very concerning," said one of the petition's organizers,
the Rev. Andrew J. Weaver of New York, who graduated
from SMU's Perkins School of Theology.
I'm tellin' ya, Wharton County
Junior College is starting to look better and better to
We probably don't have room for a whole library, but
Verdelia says we could use her luxury motorhome for his
library like a bookmobile out on the parking lot, 'cept
it'd be Bushmobile and that don't sound real good.
So if you guys have any ideas, let us know.
While the term Bush Library has a
certain discordant ring, like brothel virtue, I
would imagine that if all else fails Bob Jones Univ.
might come to the rescue.
January 18 -
For those who have been anxiously waiting, here is
Commissioner Andy Meyer's campaign finance report, it's
scanned. Click here
to open in PDF format.
I suspect that Andy saw me coming because this is one
of the most circumspect campaign finance reports he's
filed in 5 years - there's only a couple of violations of
the law. That's a record for Andy!
Click the little one to see the big one.
Here Andy pays his credit card company $2,600 for
unspecified "Reimbursement of Personal Expenditures for
Political Activity in prior reporting period" and
"Expenses of Election Poll activity." You can't do
that. For all we know, he could have been hiring
some pavement princesses to influence voters. I'm
not saying that's illegal in Sugar Land because it's
probably not, but it is illegal to keep how you spent the
money a secret.
And ask yourself how many times you've submitted
expense reports and they come out an even exact number.
It's about as rare as bluebonnets in October for that to
happen, yet Andy caught it twice in one report.
Pretty amazing, huh?
No, actually three times. He paid his son $400.
for "Expenses for
Post Election Party." No can do. You gotta say
what the expenses were.
Political junkies will want to see the whole report,
which includes a payment to Terese Raia for "Reimbursement
for mailout of literature" in the amount of .... oh no!
It's a damn miracle, another exact number $450!
---more to come
January 17 -
Now, you would think that after all the stink with PBS&J,
the Florida engineering company, over-billing governmental
entities they did work for, under investigation for
violating campaign finance laws, and having their CEO
indicted for cooking the books,
that politicians would shy away from taking money from
PBS&J for at least a respectable time.
You’d think wrong.
Commissioner Andy Meyers took $2,000 in the middle of
July last year, while Tom Stavinoha (more on that later)
took $800. Bob Hebert, a.k.a. Big Daddy Kickback, took
$2,500 about the same time.
I swear, these guys would take money from the Devil
for this stuff. I really do. Everysingledamntime our
elected officials file their campaign finance reports, the
gall level in this county rises to floodstage.
It’s January, so start wading! I have the latest
reports filed yesterday. Let’s start at the top.
I am certain that most of you are familiar with
County Judge Bob Hebert, a man who describes himself as
“independently wealthy.” Well, he’s got his hands in your
During the last six months, Hebert spent some of the
$100,000 that was sitting in his campaign account. Most
of it he gave to charity so he’d get written up in the
newspapers about how charitable he is. He wants these
charities to be indebted to him come election time.
It’s other people’s money. I can be charitable with
other people’s money, too. It comes from his campaign
account, where non-bid vendors, developers, and other
folks who don’t live here but want something – contracts,
tax abatements, and unsustainable growth – regularly make
Bob Hebert is very generous with money that
eventually comes out of your pockets in the form of higher
prices to the county or higher taxes because somebody
ain’t paying their fair share.
In real life, Bob Hebert isn't so generous. He
supported an 18% pay raise for himself while other county
employee got 3.3% increase. The man makes $105,000 a
year. It ain’t like if he’s fibbing about the wealthy
part, he’d qualify for food stamps on his salary.
He put his wife on the campaign payroll. Seriously.
In clear violation of State law.
I mean, you’d think he’d learn this stuff watching
DeLay take a dive.
Look for yourself. You know the drill, click on
the little one to get the big one.
Sure looks like she was
paid to do the books, huh? First off, it’s against the
law. Here’s the law.
A candidate or officeholder may not use political
contributions to pay for personal services rendered by
the candidate or officeholder or by the spouse, or
dependent children of the candidate or officeholder.
There are also restrictions of a candidate’s or
officeholder’s use of political contributions to make
payments to a business in which the candidate or
officeholder holds a participating interest of more than
10 percent, a position on the governing body of the
business, or a position as an officer of the business.
See Ethics Advisory Opinion No. 35 (1992)
(regarding the combined effect of this prohibition and
the prohibition on corporate contributions). Elec. Code
253. RESTRICTIONS ON CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES.
(It will open in a PDF)
A person who violates this section commits an offense.
An offense under this subsection is a Class A
But, it doesn’t stop there.
By Bob Hebert and commissioners court's choice, the county destroys
all official records of campaign finance reports after 2
years. State law says they “can” do that, but they don’t
have to. So, the commissioners could be going back and
reimbursing themselves for things they already reimbursed
themselves for three or four years ago.
Hebert may have already paid his wife for her services
in 2001, 2002, and 2003, and this is some sly scheme to
double pay your wife in a community property state. Maybe
this is community-property-wife-double-dipping! We’ve got
laws against that kind of behavior, dammit.
Hebert and the commissioners seem content with this
I chatted with a Texas Ethics Commission lawyer
around noon today. Yep, paying your wife with campaign
funds – class A misdemeanor. Going back six years and
dreaming-up expenses - class A misdemeanor and probable
cause for an insanity hearing. Okay, so I made-up
the probable cause stuff but - hey - I'd give the men in
the white coats a warrant on that.
Now I know you’re asking yourself, “How does Hebert
think he can get away with this?”
Cheeezzz … rules? You think Bob Hebert cares about
rules? I mean, it’s obvious he never even bothered to
Code of Judicial Conduct.
Rules are for suckers. Hebert doesn’t need no damn
Here's Hebert's entire
report. It will open in PDF format.
Tomorrow or whenever I get around to it: How many laws
can Andy Meyers violate in 13 pages or less?
January 17 -
My friend Judy always carries her camera. She
just sent me an email with this photo and the comment,
"Couldn't resist taking a picture of this appropriately
dented bumper at the parking of HEB. Judy"
I blacked-out the license plate to keep from embarrassing
January 16 -
As Alfredo says,
It's good to be the King (again).
New legislation that will
appear shortly before the Senate Judiciary Committee
will make it significantly more difficult for public
officials to escape indictment or conviction for
The bill, released along
with a war-profiteering prevention act as part of an
anti-corruption package by the Senate Judiciary Leader,
works mainly by extending the statute of limitations on
"bribery, deprivation of honest services, and extortion
by a public official" by three years.
just in time to have some impact --
However, the bill is
partially retroactive, and, if it passes, will apply to
acts of corruption committed as long ago as 2002,
including many in Congress who are suspected of having
illicit ties to indicted former Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX) or
convicted influence peddler Jack Abramoff.
Thank you, Pat Leahy. That'll teach Cheney to cuss at you!
January 16 -
Oh Sweet Heavenly Pork Rines,
somebody slap the
PERRY INAUGURAL SPEECH
SEEMS TAILORED FOR AUDIENCE BIGGER THAN JUST TEXAS
Listing conflicts in the
Middle East and Darfur, the AIDS epidemic in Asia and
Africa and economic conditions in Mexico, Gov. Rick
Perry’s gaze seemed fixed far beyond the confines of the
House chamber during this morning’s inaugural address.
In a speech more
aspirational then prescriptive, Perry gave a lot of
fodder for those speculating about his political future.
Already mentioned as a possible veep candidate in ’08,
Perry’s attention to global matters and the overall
evangelical tone of his oration could spark more talk
along those lines.
First off, people who comment aloud about Rick Perry's
far-off "gaze," should step away from the keyboard and get
a darn grip on themselves. It ain't a far-off gaze,
my friend, it's a dim light bulb. It's the same
"gaze" that a doll has.
Just the idea that anyone from Texas could be elected
to national office in two years has more ass than
pirational, because somebody - and I ain't saying who -
has pretty well ruined it for the entire state. Ya
hear what I'm saying?
So the way I figure it, this speech is why God
closed down the parade and the inaugural ceremony.
People would have thrown the statues on the Capitol
grounds at Rick Perry if this ceremony had been outdoors
and open to the public.
Maybe Gov Rick will
run with Ark Gov Huckabee. I can
see their bumper stickers now:
Sam in Pearland
But, susan you have to admit he does have good hair.
The govner might as well start checking out housing
in spain-he already works for them and hes about as
popular as a rattle snake at a church social these
days-somebody should tell him its not allll about
hair i dont think he gets it!
that is not 'nuf said. Nuf said is that the
kid in the middle is the best reader of the three.
Gaze? Aren't those what Ann Richards was going to
fill up the state gummint with?
Dr. Doyle in Nacogdoches
January 16 -
Whoever would have thought that our exit strategy from
this failed Presidency would be something as simple as a
When Vice President
Cheney's former chief of staff goes on trial Tuesday on
charges of lying about the disclosure of a CIA officer's
identity, members of Washington's government and media
elite will be answering some embarrassing questions as
I. Lewis "Scooter"
Libby's case will put on display the secret strategizing
of an administration that cherry-picked information to
justify war in Iraq and reporters who traded freely in
gossip and protected their own interests as they worked
on one of the big Washington stories of 2003.
This is the trial
they should have on Court teevee, Honey. I'd watch
this day and night.
I can't wait to see Dick Cheney snarling on the witness
stand, saying stuff about the definition of "is".
Anybody got a scooter for Iraq?
January 16 - Okay,
it's my favorite time of year - campaign finance report
Yes, I will be letting you know which county
commissioners (and county judge) are in the pocket of
non-bid vendors. Commissioner Andy Meyers already
gutless troops out trying to poison the well (see #71)
so I suspect he deserves a closer look this reporting
period. Perhaps he would be willing to let me see
his actual campaign checkbook to compare to his report
since he is reportedly a man of "ethics, morals, [and]
By the way, when someone tells you that these vendors
donate to Andy because they were his friends even before
he ran for office, that person is obviously not in
possession of Andy's first campaign finance reports or his
first financial disclosure statement.
And they probably don't remember that Andy personally
loaned his campaign money it didn't need and paid himself
10% interest for doing it.
I'll order the reports today and try to scan them all
tomorrow. This is just another free friendly service
offered to you by people who think open government should
January 16 -
It didn't freeze here so - rats! - no ice pellets.
See emails below for explanations.
UPDATE! - I live on the Texas gulf coast for a reason.
I have a strong dislike of cold.
And it's fixing to get cold here. Cold enough to freeze
the balls off a billiard table. Cold enough to make a
third degree Mason drop a degree. Colder than a
We're not used to that here. I mean, we're used to cold
Republican hearts, but their hearts are so small that it
negates any climate changes.
When I was a little girl and a
blue norther was expected, my Granddaddy Dale told me
if I put a pot of boiling water outside the backdoor, it
would freeze so fast that it'd make warm ice cubes.
Just thinking about that gave me a headache. Still
They're suspecting that we might lose electricity
tonight because an ice storm is coming. Unless it's warm
ice, I'll be too busy shivering to fret about posting here
but don't worry. I have a fireplace, some
marshmallows, a pair of pink boots, and a big ole Bubba to
keep me warm.
Does anybody know what "ice pellets" are?
know what rabbit pellets are. I even know what
buckshot pellets are. But, I have no idea what ice
pellets are. Maybe it's that ice like you get at
That would be kinda cool. Hey Dude, all we need are
some onion rings and we've got a party in the backyard!
Whatsamatter? - "sleet"
aren't scary enough for ya?
Up here in the frozen northland it might get down
into the low 30's this evening. That there global
climate change is really confusing.
One of the local weather guessers was describing how
the warm moist El Nino type air from the Pacific is
"gliding over" cold stuff from Canada and when that
happens, the rain from the warm air freezes as it
passes through the cold air. This forms little
pellets of ice which are slightly different from
sleet which is more like slush falling from the sky
and landing on everything. I think the worst is
freezing rain where it's still liquid when it falls
but freezes as soon as it hits the colder objects
like tree branches, power lines, and the
windowshield on my car. As it continues to fall,
the layer of ice continues to get thicker which is
what often brings down the power lines hereabouts.
One year we were cooking on the wood stove for 4
days but our phone lines didn't go down. We moved
that stove to TX in 1999 and back here in 2003 but
we don't have the right chimney to hook it to and
the insurance companies are getting picky about
insuring older houses with woodburners in them. So
if we lose power, we'll all gather in the one room
that has a propane heater and try to keep the water
trickling through the pipes. The emergency
generator to keep the oil burner motor going is
still on the "to be gotten" list.
think ice pellets are like really frozen sleet that
comes down fast and they feel like sharp little ice
knives. We've had a very mild winter so far ..no
snow accumulation at all and this is very unusual.
My sister lives in Albuquerque and when she came for
Christmas her plane was delayed a day because the
Albuquerque airport closed down. That's never
happened in the 30+ years she has been coming home
for Christmas..it's usually the airport here or
Chicago that gets socked in. If you are having
those ice pellets, don't go out those suckers hurt
like hell when they hit your face...and don't let
them stab you in the eye...
Good luck with the weather,
Doesn’t that just
delight you that Rick Perry's parade’s
cancelled? They’re even noticing over at the
and Austin, Texas, where officials also canceled
inauguration parade on Tuesday because another round
of ice was expected during the night
Unfortunately, I read somewhere that they’re not
canceling the inauguration.
Marion in Austin
January 14 -
people from Texas have had a nose itching lately, it’s
because we’re being talked about.
The Arkansas Times Blog writes about on their own
Huckabee, a Republican far right lunatic running for
President. Thank goodness,
they don’t blame us for Huckabee’s uptight downright
News’ Teddy Davis Reports: In a forthcoming interview
for C-SPAN’s "Road to the White House," former Gov. Mike
Huckabee, R-Ark., attributes President Bush’s failure to
fashion a "humble foreign policy," at least in part, on
the President’s home state of Texas.
"Some of it is the language of Texas, and I mean that in
a very loving way," said Huckabee who also attributed
the change in President Bush’s foreign policy approach
to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Huckabee, who is actively weighing a 2008 presidential
bid, said in the interview that he understands the Lone
Star State because Texas is a neighbor of Arkansas and
he attended four years of school and graduate school
"It’s a matter of saying, ‘there’s a line in the sand
and you’re either with us or against us,’" said Huckabee.
"Well, we understand what that means in the South and
Southwest. But in many countries and cultures that may
be seen as an ultimatum."
Huckabee concluded by saying that America’s approach to
the world "probably is something that needs to be
revisited and repaired."
Guv Huck, I’m a fifth generation Texan and if I say I’m
drawing a line in the sand, it most certainly is an
ultimatum. You need to understand that before I get my
drawing stick out.
And, Honey, I do not know where you went to college
in Texas but if you don’t understand “you’re
either with us or against us,” then it wasn’t UT or A&M.
Look, the rest of the world understands Bush pretty
darn well, just like I understand Jim Bob when he’s
January 13 -
Every now and then a story comes along that's so great you
just have to share it.
Clap your hands together because it's one of those
Jesus showed up in Wild Peach, Texas. On the laundry
room floor. Unannounced.
A Democrat in Lake Jackson (which is dangerously close
to Wild Peach) got a picture of it and the local newspaper
has the whole story. The name of the newspaper
is The Facts, so it can't be wrong.
PEACH — Doris Wells never expected to receive what she
called a sign from God, but family and friends agree
that is what she got.
Wells, who lives with her cousin Jewel Lacina in Wild
Peach, said she was busy doing her laundry when a spot
she had noticed on the floor before just jumped out at
“It was like something said, ‘Look at me. I’m right
here,’ just like we were meant to see it,” Wells said
Wells and Lacina believe the image that appeared is
Jesus Christ on the cross with his loin cloth, beard and
body clearly visible, and his face hanging softly toward
his right shoulder.
Well, they called their cousin Gary and their minister,
Pastor, C.E. Bosarge of the Trinity
Pentecostal Church of God in Sweeny, to come over and
scientifically document this event. Then some
neighbors and church members came to see it.
then three members of the church have shown up to Lacina
and Wells’ home to view the image, and Van Ness said he
suspects many other Christians won’t be far behind.
“I’m not trying to show off, but I feel like I should
share it with everyone,” Lacina said. “The Lord wouldn’t
appreciate it if I didn’t show it to anyone.”
Now see, I personally think she is showing off, otherwise
she wouldn't have put on her good tee-shirt for the
picture. And you'll notice that looks like a nice
new washer and dryer in the picture that no one in the
neighborhood or church would have seen had Jesus not
suspiciously showed up on the floor.
I ain't saying that Jesus wouldn't do all he could to
help Doris and Jewel show off their washer and dryer, but
you'd think He'd pick a spot where you wouldn't have to
stand on him to get the clothes out of the dryer.
I'm just saying.
No, if she was
showin' off, she'd have mopped the floor first.
Inviting people into your house to see your dirty
floor! My word, what's this world coming
Besides, where's those gold flip-flops she got at
Wal Mart? That is showing off!!!!
P.S. I belong to the Missionary Baptist Church in
Jake Jackson, where a mopped floor is next to
Is she sure that is
Jesus on the laundry room floor? I know you
can't tell much from a photo, but it looks like
Willie to me. ;-)
Doris and Jewel
also regularly see Elvis at the bowling alley.
It is an irreversible result of
and voting Republican. They think Bush is
winning the war, too..
I actually thought
it was Arthur of PBS fame.
stephanie up in Arlington
January 12 -
I got an email update from Shelley Sekula Gibbs this
morning, touting her most major accomplishment in Congress
--- ta! da! Drum roll, please - PERFECT ATTENDANCE!
I most certainly am not kidding. Read this if you
don't believe me. She used her big banner, pictures
of her with Denny Hastert, and everything all fancy and
Republican Shelley Sekula Gibbs, elected to serve the
final weeks of Tom DeLay's term, had a perfect
attendance record according to Congressional
Quarterly. Also earning a perfect attendance record
was Texas Senator John Cornyn. Congresswoman Sekula
Gibbs cast her vote in all 25 of the roll call votes
that occurred during her tenure.
Then she listed some of her votes - none of which made any
Shelley, Honey, Sweetie, you had a perfect attendance
record because nobody wanted you anywhere else. I'm
sorry I had to be the one to tell you, but somebody had to
January 12 -
Dr. Doyle had some fun, too.
January 12 -
My friend John had a little fun with Tom DeLay's new book
Take a look.
Raw Story says the whole thing is becoming a soap
opera. It appears that everybody used to be married
to everybody else and even Pat Buchanan is second cousin
twice removed from somebody in this mess.
January 12 -
Ron Paul, our neighboring Libertarian/Republican waste of
a Congressman is
considering running for President - again. Oh
goodie, somebody to make
Buchanan look sane.
January 11 -
The Dallas Morning News reports that
county commissioners there are already whining.
What is it about "You're the only elected officials who
get kickbacks because you're the only ones who control all
the damn money" don't they understand.
Disclosures by officials to be posted on Web site
Residents will soon be
able to visit the Dallas County Web site to find out if
their county commissioner has ties to a county vendor or
has accepted gifts from them. Conflict-of-interest
disclosure forms soon will be posted there, along with
officials' annual financial statements. Officials are
working on implementing the county's
conflict-of-interest policy as part of a law passed last
legislative session requiring government officials to
make certain financial and business disclosures. The law
also requires counties with more than 800,000 residents
to provide searchable access to the forms online. The
law generally applies to county commissioners and
members of the juvenile board. But Commissioner Ken
Mayfield wants the county to extend the requirement to
other Dallas County elected officials and appointees.
We'll get to hear our Republican 4 to 1 majority on
commissioners court whine next week when I post all the
Republican campaign finance reports online. They
have the power to put everybody's report online (and it
would be cheaper for the taxpayers to do it that way) but
they still try to hide their dirty dealings.
UPDATE- Our friend Kathy in Indiana keeps us informed
about the Snyders - a political fight that we've been
following for over a year and includes several butt
Kathy writes ---
David Snyder has been charged with a felony for
beating up another member of the council. This guy is
truly nuts. If he loses his Real Estate license and
loses his job on the council I guess he'll have to move
out of town. Maybe he'll move to Texas to be close to
his kids so it will be easier for him to pay the 92,000
he owes in back child support.
He could hook up with Gary Gillen and
make the big time.
There's this story.
And this one. You could entertain yourself all
afternoon comparing Roseland to Sugar Land.
Kathy reports that it's getting better and better or worse
and worse, depending on your entertainment needs.
January 11 - And
then there are those of us who think the
Bush library would look appropriate sitting amid a field
Eviction, mystery and
accusations are the latest events in the advance of the
proposed Bush presidential library at SMU.
Today federal agents
marched in this morning with eviction notices in hand.
The last two residents of
the University Gardens condominiums got orders to leave
[more stuff here about a
"They've known for four
or five years they've wanted to put the Bush library
here. They knocked on my door and handed me this writ of
possession saying they want possession of my home," he
Gary Vodicka has appealed
But he points out that
even if he wins his appeal, his condos will be the only
building standing among a large field of rubble.
January 11 -
Bob Dunn continues the
saga of irresponsibility over at the Texas Energy Center.
Now even the Gov's office looks incompetent. I think
they get extra points for adding incompetent to stupid.
January 10 -
And people actually wondered what I'd do to occupy my
webspace after Tom DeLay left office.
Silly, silly, people.
Lookie right here. Raw Story gets an advance
copy of the book and leaks about the in-fighting it's
causing at the publishing company.
I'm not saying that DeLay carries around about 60
pounds of grief everywhere he goes and starts fights
..... no wait, that's exactly what I'm saying.
And then there's the little matter of this. You know
the drill, click the little one to see the big one.
He's written a book and the infighting has to do with
the cover of the book.
I suspect they are fighting over that because who in
tarnation is going to buy this sucker? Face it, Tom
doesn't have that many fans who can read, so it doesn't
matter what's inside. This whole argument is like
having it floored in neutral.
So, they're fighting over how the cover should look.
The current cover shows a
gently smiling DeLay against a black backdrop. Penguin
sources say that Senior Editor Bernadette Malone
originally wanted a cover that showed DeLay alongside a
flag and a cross.
“After heated discussion,
saner heads prevailed,” the Penguin source said.
“Sentinel has now prepared to go with a cover that will
not include Tom DeLay with the editor's strong desire to
place him against an American flag backdrop and a cross,
both seemingly implying he's a man that respects the
constitution and some sort of religious messiah.
“They got it right with
this latest cover,” he added. “He's a man with a black
man with a black background, and they don't mean
And just in case you forgot who DeLay's editor,
Bernadette Malone, is ...
In a column authored in
the run-up to the 2004 Republican National Convention,
Malone called would-be protesters “junior terrorists”
who planned on “giving false directions to little blue
hair ladies from Kansas.” She punctuated the piece by
declaring that “prostitutes with AIDS plan to seduce
Republican visitors and discourage the use of condoms.”
baby, baby, you left out the part about liberal
prostitutes stealing the kidneys out of blue haired ladies
and putting them on ice in the bathtub. And hiding under
your bed! Don't forget that part, Bernadette!
Tomboy's new book cover is hilarious ..that big ol'
disjointed head floating over his sickeningly puny
body reminds me of a ghost story. Yeh, he's
scamming, got to get that cash for his trials
He admits that he
has someone else write his blog for him so we can
safely assume that someone else wrote the book for
him. The question is, who read the book to
January 10 -
And news of the ridiculous just keeps on rolling today.
The Hill did a special piece on Shelley Sekula Gibb's
six week Congressional tour. It's a hoot.
Under the category of "No shoot, Sherlock", we have ---
her two-month term now over, analysts say Sekula-Gibbs
not only has failed to establish herself as a
frontrunner for the GOP nomination next year, but also
has damaged her chances for a second stint in
Then a delusional local GOP Party Chairman (so
sue me, Gary), says of Shelley's mistakes ---
was such a short period of time; I don’t believe it will
really have an effect,” the chairman of the Fort Bend
County Republican Party, Gary Gillen, said.
Well, Gary, a nuclear bomb just lasts a second or two ....
but the memories last forever.
And by the way, Gary, watch Jared Woodfill of Harris
County push his candidate while you fumble around
defending Shelley because she got maximum damage out of
“Paul Bettencourt has the
highest name I.D. and the highest positive name I.D.,”
Woodfill said. “He is the most popular politician in
David Wallace, the Sugar
Land mayor who withdrew from a write-in candidacy last
August, has said he is eyeing 2008.
In addition, state Reps.
Charlie Howard and Robert Talton, as well as lawyer Tom
Campbell, who briefly ran last year, may pursue the
Campbell got a leg-up on all of them by settling the
inner-party squabble here.
Campbell, Talton, and Bettencourt seem to be the
leaders. Wallace will not run - mark that on your
January 10 - Okay,
here's the deal.
The next time a public/private partnership wants some of
our tax dollars to finance wildcatting or a business
scheme like the Texas Energy Center, let's just use that
money for a big ole bonfire and weenie roast instead.
I even have a list of the weenies that need roasting.
We could invite everybody in the county and rent out
all the hotels so they could invite their families from
foreign states to come and we could give everybody extra
mustard and all, and still come out better on the deal.
I mean, doesn't that sound like a more fun and productive
way to waste my tax money?
Remember back in 1999 when
Herb Appel at the Economic Development Council got scammed
into buying fancy lunches and entertaining a guy who
arrived on his doorstep with no credentials and no
connections? Well, that should've told ya something
about these so-called "public/private partnership" right
there. I told ya all about it but would you listen?
No, you would not.
These public/private partnerships mean that the public
provides the money and the private wastes it without
having to be answerable.
I want my money back. They spent $250,000 of my
county tax money to pay rent on a an empty building.
No, I am not making this up. These clowns are too
nutty for fiction.
January 10 -
Best headline ever. Go ahead; click it.
Fan me with a brick, when I read the headline
about Hooters I thought they were accusing Jeff
Gannon of being an arsonist.
Speaking of hooters, that might be the only thing
they could put on the cover of Tom's "book" that
would make it sell.
January 9 - Alfredo
just told me that he's surprised to hear that Tom DeLay
hasn't taken a hit out on
David Vitter, (R.,
Vitter just introduced an
amendment to the Senate ethics bill (S. 1) that would
prohibit immediate family members of a Member of
Congress from receiving a salary for working for the
January 9 - Do not
miss Bob Dunn's special series on the
Texas Energy Center. It's some excellent
investigative reporting. It'll even be interesting
for you folks from foreign states.
January 9 -
Hello from Austin again! It'll be a fun day today!
January 8 -
in Austin today where they found
dead birds all over downtown. I, personally, think
it had something to do with all the Tom Craddick
wheeling-dealing over the next Speaker of the Texas
some dirt that even grackles can’t
the bad news.
The good news is that there was a
chemical spill in Sugar Land while I was gone that
they cannot blame on me. I had nothing to do with it,
although I suspect the Republican Distrust Fest may at
least warrant some investigation for pollution.
Jeannie Gage, of the
Sugar Land Police Department, said she looked out of
her office window at police headquarters on State
Highway 6 at about 1:45 p.m. and saw what appeared
to be vapor from a large chemical spill.
one point it looked like a big pure-white mushroom
she said. Then it expanded. Gage said it appeared to
and hung low to the ground, adding that it gradually
moved from west to east.
impressed. I look out my window and see a white
mushroom cloud and I’m
under the desk calling Travelocity for a way outta here.
Screaming would be involved as would pointing and
making guttural noises. I ain’t
no hero when it comes to white mushrooms clouds. I
lived through the cold war and I even have the phone
number for Dial A Radiation Level on speed dial.
We decided at Stafford Ice House last night that
between the new dollar a pack tax and the
city-wide smoking ban, the Austin birds were all
dying of nicotine withdrawal.
- It has been brought to my attention that Congressman
Nick Lampson has been caught with his rhetoric down
Lampson held a press conference in Sugar Land Town
Square on March 21 with a large blown-up graphic railing
against the Republicans for raising the debt ceiling.
It was a show. I was there. I have pictures of it. I thought he was serious
when he said of
big oil give away
All earmarks should be required to be debated
publicly before Congress, he said. And that goes for
local favorites, such as a 10-year, $500 million
deep-water oil and gas research project that a Sugar
Land consortium is trying to win.
A funding provision for
the Ultra-Deepwater project was inserted into
the 2005 energy bill during last-minute House-Senate
Republican DeLay, house majority leader during the
crafting of the energy bill, was said by some
observers to have been instrumental in getting the
Ultra-Deepwater project included in the bill.
“That’s not right,” Lampson said Tuesday. “That
means that Congress didn’t vote on that. It may be
the greatest program in the world, but why does it
need to be forced? Why does it need to be done
Honey, it's still more sneaky than a spitball.
I was told by a Lampson staffer today that Nick
approved this program with Speaker Pelosi. Make a
mental note of that for later.
look at a timeline. In late March, Lampson slams this
program as an earmark that was done sneakily. In May,
two months later, Lampson is in Washington trying to
save it by getting Democratic legislation to kill it
buried in the energy committee.
What happened in those two months?
And once Lampson discovered that the program he
was, in fact, so very right that it became the first
thing he did in office, why did he never discuss it
publicly? He had five months to explain why he changed
his thinking about sneaky.
Sneaky, my big blue butt.
You couldn't clean this oil give away with a brillo pad
and a gallon of Lysol.
Hi susan, im a fan in 22. I hate to say
it but lampson probably never thought the
money for research was a bad idea. Just the
underhanded kiniving way it was done. The
ship channel grew more oil under ann
richards than any other governor. Nicks
quote was exactly what he meant...tom delay
wanted dems to look anti business...like it
has to be forced and he and he alone can
save us. Dems are heavily invested in oil
too...just ask the clintons about their
valero stock. Maybe this will save anwar!
This is more
to Karen than to you but I was wondering why
doesn't Nick vote against choice? The
Republicans are always complaining about us
supporting abortions you know. I
thought I voted for a Democrat. I
thought Nick supported alternative fuel
sources, not alternative ways to find more
fossil fuel. This makes me sick.
Dear Susan (who
will always be Juanita to me because Juanita
is a much more special name than Susan
although I'm sure your mother would argue
with me on that one),
It was with great chagrin but not an
iota of surprise that I read on your site
how your latest congresscritter followed in
the footsteps of his inconsequential
predecessor's ethically challenged
predecessor as representative for your
district. I know that you used to be an
independent and decided to throw your lot in
with the Democratic branch of the Business
First party because it was the best way to
rid your district of the curse of Tommie the
D. For this I honor your pragmatism.
I've always had problems with the
concept of voting for the lesser of two
weevils. I admire Mae West for her
recognition that when faced with such a
choice it is often better to choose the one
you've never tried before. But in politics,
I still stick with the former Senator from
Wisconsin (no, not THAT one), Bob La Folette
who reminded us that it is better to vote
for what we want and not get it than to vote
for what we don't want and get it.
It is not yet too late for Mr. Nick to
straighten out and fly right. I only hope
that he will see the handwriting on the wall
and conclude that his days are numbered, his
chances of getting re-elected when the
Repugicans don't have to figure out how to
write in for the
lady in pink are right down there with the
snowball on Smith Street on the 4th of July
and that the only thing he can do to save
himself is to vote his conscience and not
his contributors' pocketbooks.
Here in the great wilderness known as
Pennsylvania, we have had a very unusual
exercise in bi/non-partisanship. The
Democrats appeared to have won control of
the state house by a slim 1 vote margin but
then one of their number stated that he was
going to vote for a Republican to be speaker
of the state house and keep the current
occupant in the speaker's chair. The
reform-aware group of Republicans joined
with enough Democrats to elect a DIFFERENT
Republican -- one with a small but
detectable portion of ethics -- as the
Will wonders never cease?
Don, (who is still flying his Dump DeLay
button in Pennsylvania where people think
it's a comment on landfills).
"I was a Republican until they lost their
January 7 -
Okay, I've slept on it and the Nick
Lampson boondoggle looks even worse this morning.
Crapola! I know I hold Democrats to a higher
standard, but that's because I expect them to act right.
I never expect that of Republicans.
To catch you up -- Lampson saved Tom DeLay's
passed-in-the-dead-of-night pet project. It's
corporate welfare at it's very worst.
Lampson is trying to spin it that it's not taxpayer
money being used because it's money big oil owes America.
comment by "boogerweed" and then watch boogerweed get
I have a question: if big oil made record profits
last year and justified that by saying they were
re-investing those profits in research and development,
then why do they need this in the first place?
What ever happened to wildcatters? Will the
government let small business folks withhold their taxes
to help their businesses?
But, the politics of it look even worse.
Ponder on this sucker from the article:
Melanie Kenderdine, vice president of the Gas Technology
Institute and a RPSEA board
member, said Lampson was instrumental in rescuing the
DOE program in May 2006, when
Markey offered an amendment in Congress to kill the
In May? In the
middle of a campaign that Lampson may or may not win?
Lampson goes to DC to rescue a boondoggle for oil guys and
research done by Hal, HR 5300,
Energy Fairness for America
Act introduced on May 4th, never got an up or down vote.
If DeLay's boondoggle was such a good deal, then why was
it never, ever given an up or down vote?
And then you have to ask yourownself: If this was such
a wonderful thing, how come you never saw it on Nick's
ads, the script for the phone calls the volunteers made,
his speeches to warm up 'the team' to go out and work for
him? Huh? Why wasn't this grand and wonderful thing
even mentioned in his campaign?
Yeah, I do hold Democrats to a higher standard. At
least higher than rescuing Tom DeLay's underhanded
January 6 -
Oh, be still my heart - the GOP Party Chairman has
counter-sued five members of his own party.
I mean, they're all up in each other's faces, doing
that neck thing, saying, "Oh no you diddn't" and "impugn
and defame" and "but he started it!"
One of them claimed innocence because he was so sick
that he had to be carried from the room. Oh hell,
this is Texas, we know a hurt snake can still bite.
Let me tell you how bad it's gotten. It's gotten
so bad that they've run out of Republican lawyers and some
of them are having to hire Democratic lawyers.
Oh be still my heart.
A local Democrat makes a horrible,
hypocritical mistake and all the Republicans can do is
circle the wagons, shoot each other, and get the
Democrat's mistake off the front page. I mean, I
used to have hoochy-koochy fantasies like this, but they
were just fantasies.
By the way, in a stroke of genius,
the Democrats scheduled a party on the night before
the testy Lincoln Day Dinner. It'll be a Valentine's
Honey, this is more fun than chasing your little sister
with a frog.
January 5 -
Well, Nick Lampson got the consolation prize. Instead of
getting named to the Appropriations Committee, he got the
scaled down version Tom DeLay’s pet project.
Lampson got RPSEA a 10-year, $375 million research and
Rep. Nick Lampson and board members of the non-profit
Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America
consortium will announce Saturday the finalization and
signing of a 10-year, $375 million research and
development contract, expected to be managed from
RPSEA’s Sugar Land headquarters.
Why we need to subsidize research and development for
private industry escapes me. I thought the American
people voted against earmarks and pork barrel spending in
the last election.
This is the same deal that Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)
pitched a fit about. He sent a letter to House Speaker
Dennis Hastert regarding the $1.5 billion provision
benefiting oil and gas companies, (and sent it to Nancy
Pelosi, too) Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas, that was
inserted into the energy legislation after it had been
closed to further amendment.
Waxman wrote ---
"The provision at issue
is a 30-page subtitle called "Ultra-Deepwater and
Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum
Resources." This subtitle, which was taken from the
House-passed energy bill, was mysteriously inserted
in the final energy legislation after the legislation
was closed to further amendment. (Emphasis mine)
On the merits, the
subtitle is an indefensible giveaway to one of the most
profitable industries in America. The provision
establishes a $1.5 billion fund, up to $550 million of
which would be dedicated direct spending, which is not
subject to the normal congressional appropriations
"Obviously, it would be a
serious abuse to secretly slip such a costly and
controversial provision into the energy legislation.
was wrong for Tom DeLay to do it and it’s still wrong.
Truthfully wrong. I don’t care how many votes it
gets for Lampson or how many campaign donations from the
oil fat cats. It's still corporate welfare, and it
was still mysteriously inserted.
If this bill is so righteous, after having sat unfunded
in the Office of
Management and Budget, let it pass the Congress again.
I know the name of this blog is Kiss My Big Blue Butt.
But when a Democrat has a purple butt, I'm gonna point
I know a whole lot of people who walked in the hot sun
from door to door for Nick Lampson, but I can't think of
the name of even one of them who did it so oil companies
could get a government hand-out.
UPDATE: I'm not finished researching this yet,
but I have found a few added interest items:
the Bush Administration
tried to kill the give away, saying:"A
Department of Energy spokesman said the decision this
month merely reflects President Bush's desire to weed out
Good Lord, even Bush saw it as a boondoggle for DeLay.
Why the hell would Nick Lampson want to save DeLay's
The Hill addressed the issue in May of last year,
Others described the subsidy as the
energy bill’s “Bridge to Nowhere,” equating it with an
Alaskan project attached to the transportation bill that
became the subject of controversy.
3) This sucker is sticking in
my craw. So, I'll continue the research.
Lampson – it’s not
what’s nice anymore.
Marion in Austin
Can I get my
volunteering time back? It took him less
than 24 hours to become what we just got rid of.
Does Nancy Pelosi know about this?
January 5 -
DeLay's campaign committee filed this
amended Statement of Organization with the FEC earlier
this week indicating that the campaign committee has moved
to a new location - 1606 Brookstone Lane in Sugar Land. That
would be his daughter house.
Page three of the report lists Timothy Scott as the
new treasurer and Dana Benoit as the Assistant Treasurer.
The latest report shows he has
cash on hand of half a million dollars, after repaying
himself $99,999 of a $100,000 loan.
So, y’all hustle on over to Tom’s blog and pay the
$52 required to comment. The boy needs the money! Also,
while you’re there,
download the form you have to fill out and mail in to
be accepted into their little club. You have to provide
references! Would you mind if I use your name?
Looks like he's
winding down his campaign committee - paying off
his lawyers with what's left and then shutting
it down. If he wanted to convert it into a PAC
he wouldn't be giving up the leased office
space. And besides he still has ARMPAC. And he
can raise money for his legal defense fund and
not report it to anyone.
January 5 -
Okay, the Democrats have been in power for almost 24 hours
now and my taxes haven't gone up yet, there's been no
statue of Karl Marx erected on the Capitol steps, and we
haven't made abortion mandatory. I guess that shows
that Newt Gingrich is still an idiot.
However, I will be wearing my
tee-shirt all day today (thank you, Carol) and acting
snotty to every Republican I meet in the grocery store.
They've got it comin', by Gawd!
In fact, I learned the Super-DeLux Brand Christian
sneer from the DeLay girls. I used to giggle at them
when they did it to me, but now I get to guffaw loudly and
tell them in that very patronizing voice that only the
Super DeLux Christians have mastered, "I'm praying for
you." You know how they say it - like, "God listens
to me, even when I talk about Philistines like you."
They are just a shiver looking for a spine to run up.
Have you considered
leasing your Bernie Sanders tee-shirt? I'd
pay you to let me wear it to the Republican
courthouse mess. If it makes my butt look
bigger, I'll pay double.
January 4 -
Rats! While the rest of us will be in Austin on
Monday preparing for the swearing-ins, the local GOP will
be here for swearing-ats.
According to the
Fort Bend Herald, Judge Thomas R Culver III will be
hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday on a
request for a temporary injunction against county
Republican Party chairman Gary Gillen and a newly-formed
political action committee which grabbed control of the
group of disaffected precinct chairs on Wednesday filed
a request for a temporary restraining order, which could
be issued without a hearing, but 240th District Court
Judge Thomas Culver III turned it down. Instead, Culver
will hear arguments Monday on whether to issue an
injunction against Gillen and the Fort Bend Republican
PAC, which would prevent further organization of the
I won’t be there but I have a spy going. In fact, several
spies. In fact, everybody who’s there will be spying for
They were lucky to draw Culver – probably the only
Republican district judge who’s not dumb and/or crazzzy.
Just think, if it was in Brady Elliott’s court, everybody
would end up in tears or jail. Hell, Elliott’s been known
to have people up and die in his courtroom. I’m serious.
He’s nuttier than squirrel poop.
Come to think of it, I think we should force the
Republicans to have it in Elliott’s court just so they can
see for themselves what we’ve been saying all these years.
Or they could have it in Cliff Vacek’s court and
watch him swell-up with stoopid. Of course, Vacek would
probably make them
rent some of his property first.
Or we could have Pedro Ruiz hear it and really make a
mess of things.
Good Lord - I hope they realize how lucky they got.
January 4 -
I guess she felt the get up and goes coming on, because
Harriet Myers is leaving the Bush White House.
There’s appears to be, at least in Tony Snow’s mind,
a reason for her leaving.
why she was leaving, Snow said: "Basically, she has been
here six years."
Okay, this brings up a couple of questions.
Bush has been there six years, too, but I don’t see
him packing no bags and skedaddlin’. Is there a reason
for that? If so, can we fix it?
Is six years the limit anybody can be around Bush and
he’s cool or did Harriet set a record?
When’s Cheney leaving? Can I help him pack? No,
seriously, can I?
January 4 - I heard a
rumor last night. I don't know it to be true, but it
sounds true, which makes it true enough.
It appears that
GOP County Chair Gary Gillen's Blue Ribbon Committee
to oversee the local Republican money has fallen apart in
the face of almost guaranteed legal bills. Folks don't
want to be on a Blue Ribbon Committee if the only thing
the Committee does is testify in court. People are
funny that way.
And, now that A. D. Mueller of Katy has resigned from
the PAC and subsequently not named in the lawsuit,
everybody's wondering how much talking he's doing to save
his own butt from having to hire a writ twit.
Given the choice between watching the local GOP spend
money this way or having the neon concession in Las Vegas,
I'd pick the in-fighting every time.
January 4 -
Those who begin following the antics of Roseland City
Council via our friend Kathy in Indiana, will be delighted
to know that
Mrs. Snyder is not giving up easily.
There's a new reporter on the story. That's a
good thing maybe because the old reporter could not have
resisted ending the story with roasting weenies instead of
January 3 -
Bob's got the story. Our own local GOP sues its
January 3 -
Okay, all you hooter-toters don’t forget
Juanita’s advice to wear your hooters a little higher
in honor of Nancy Pelosi.
WASHINGTON (AP) --
It shouldn't be surprising that it took more than 200
years for Congress to select a female speaker of the
House. The United States isn't exactly at the forefront
when it comes to women in politics.
Women make up a larger
share of the national legislature in 79 other countries,
including China, Cuba, North Korea and Vietnam,
according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, an
association of national legislatures. The U.S. even
trails a couple of fledgling democracies: Afghanistan
I see that
Tom DeLay has taken to calling the first female
Speaker of the House “the Pelosinostra,” but I’m sure he’s
doing in that real Super-DeLux Brand Christian way. And
he’s all upset that she’s going to treat the Republicans
about 250% better than he treated the Democrats. Hey Tom,
she’s gonna shove through some ethics reform – nanny-
January 3 - Well, if
you see me sitting around drumming my fingers on the
table, it’s because we’re still waiting.
We are waiting on the
Governor to appoint a new
district court judge that we’ve supposedly
needed for a full year but seem to have done just fine
We are waiting for
GOP Party Chairman Gary
Gillen to release the names of his Blue Ribbon
Committee that was supposed to be announced after
We’re still waiting on
Commissioner Andy Meyers
to explain why the government cannot afford to build
roads, but can afford an obscene payraise for him and
fancy new digs for the district court judges.
drum … drum … drum ….
January 3 -
Okay, so maybe God can't pronounce nuclear correctly
Virginia (AP) -- Evangelical broadcaster Pat
Robertson said Tuesday that God has told him that a
terrorist attack on the United States would cause a
"mass killing" late in 2007.
"I'm not necessarily
saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his
news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the
Christian Broadcasting Network.
"The Lord didn't say
nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like
Robertson said God told
him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer
Hell, I'm still waiting on the tsunami he promised last
You can read it all here, but I cannot imagine why
you'd want to.
I hate to be the one to provide ammo for that
moron, but I answer to a higher power, which
demands honesty, even when it supports a moron.
Case in point: Crescent City, California was hit
by a tsunami in November, 2006.
I don’t know the extent of the tsunami that
Robertson predicted, but if he was vague enough
to simply say that the US will be hit by a
tsunami in 2006, or some such, then I think this
itty bitty one qualifies.
I guess God’s wrath ain’t what it used to be.
Or maybe we gained enough karma from the 2005
hurricane season not to merit anything more than
Or maybe it’s a happy coincidence. My money’s
on that one.
January 2 -
Phew! Help is finally on the way!
According to the
Washington Post, the Democrats decided that a little
teeny bit of payback is not a bad thing. They've
decided to make the first 100 hours count for something.
The issues they will tackle first are: tightening
ethics rules for lawmakers, raising the minimum wage,
allowing more research on stem cells and cutting interest
rates on student loans. You know, things that
Republicans hate because they're good for America.
One of my favorites is described as ---
The first legislation
will focus on the behavior of lawmakers, banning travel
on corporate jets and gifts from lobbyists and requiring
lawmakers to attach their names to special spending
directives and to certify that such earmarks would not
financially benefit the lawmaker or the lawmaker's
spouse. That bill is aimed at bringing legislative
transparency that Democrats said was lacking under
Looks like Tom DeLay got out just in time.
It will be charming to hear Republicans whine that
they're being left out of the legislative process.
January 1 - Craig
Baker must be a friend of
Greg Aydt and
Andy Meyers because it happened right here in Fort
KATY, Texas (AP) — A man
unhappy with an Islamic association's plans to build a
mosque next to his property has staged pig races as a
protest during afternoon prayers.
Baker, 46, sold merchandise and grilled sausages Friday
for about 100 people who showed up in heavy rain. He
insisted he wasn't trying to offend anyone with the
pigs, which are forbidden from the Muslim diet.
Now, you've got to
read the story to the end where Mr. Baker, a man
greatly concerned with his street cred, says .....
Earlier this month, Baker
conceded that the Muslims probably aren't after his
land, but he said he had to go through with the pig
races because "I would be like a total idiot if I
didn't. I'd be the laughingstock now because I've gone
Craig, Dude, you left
Laughingstock on the last train and are headed straight
into Embarrassment Junction. Somebody hand him a
shovel and he'll oil pretty soon.
Little Mosque on the Prairie
No I'm not making
this up. Canadian Broadcasting is doing a
program about Muslims living in the Western part
It's going to air on
Jan. 9 , so far early previews are giving it
When I saw the jerk
running the pig races next to the Mosque I
remembered this and since I get Canadian TV and
you guys don't thought you might be interested.
I wouldn't be surprised if PBS picks this up
like it did the Red Green show. Leave it to the
Canadians to diffuse a tense situation with
January 1 -
Happy New Year!
To start the year off on a sober note, the New York
Times has an interesting tribute to the
3,000 Americans who gave their lives for lies.
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.