When this is the first news I see this morning ---
---- then it's obvious that I live in the formerly Great
State of Texas.
The bill, which passed
the Senate Finance Committee 6-5 with little
discussion, is scheduled to come before the full
Senate floor Wednesday. The House is working on its
own budget bill.
The ban is considered to
have a chance to prevail because it’s contained in a
larger bill moving forward. Opponents said the
policy should be fully debated in stand-alone
Sen. Steve Ogden,
R-Bryan, the provision’s author, accused critics of
exaggerating the provision’s impact, saying it makes
“explicit what was already the implicit state
“In absence of clear
state policy, the rider just says we’re not going to
use state funds to destroy human embryos,” said
Ogden. “Many Texans have moral concerns about this
type of experimentation on human life.”
This is the biggest pile of poopie del polo I have seen
in a long damn time.
And shame on Judith Zaffirini and Eddie Lucio for
voting to let it out of committee even "with
Let me tell them what I have reservations about:
no mother - NO mother - should ever have to watch her
child die a slow and painful death in her arms.
That is the real obscenity behind this effort.
I don't think VA is for lovers anymore. If
it is, they'd better be sure to take all
precautions to avoid pregnancy and the
This is all over our news this week.
Don't read it if you can't take a second
snot nosed hissy fit in one day. Do they
really care more for unused frozen embryos
than they do for real live children?
March 30 -
Okay, I have a date for the adventuresome among you.
Our triple z crazzzy member of the State Board of
Education and founding member of the Belles of Heaven
Republican Women's Club - and one of my neighbors! -
Cynthia Dunbar has .... ta da! .... an event.
"State Board of
Education member Cynthia Dunbar will speak on the
controversial textbook that may affect children at
the April 2 Austin County Republican Party meeting.
Dunbar represents District 10 on the board. The
meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Tony's Restaurant in
Sealy. Dutch treat meal is available from the buffet
or menu, but is not required. The meeting is open to
I suspect that I am included in the term "all."
You probably are, too.
I'm strongly considering going with proper
instrumentation to perform scientific measurements of
how much ignorance, homophobia, racism, paranoia, and
hate can be put into one room before it collapses on
To hell with the hadron collider, Hon, you introduce me
into that room with questions about how Ms. Dunbar walks
her talk, and we can accelerate some particles.
Dunbar believes - honest to God, I am not making this
up - that a terrorist attack on America during the first
six months of an Obama administration "will be a planned
effort by those with whom Obama truly sympathizes to
take down the America that is threat to tyranny."
And she's convinced that Obama is going to declare
martial law just any minute now. Plus, she's still
worried about Janet Reno's black helicopters.
Okay, so I made up the Janet Reno part, but sometimes I
do wonder whatever happened to that conspiracy theory.
To those who are considering attending: When
asked to retract her hate filled statements about Barack
Obama, Ms. Dunbar said, and I am quoting exactly, "Right
now, we're still in America and we still have freedom of
speech, and unless that's changed, I'm not aware of it."
Okay, so I know that's not grammatically correct and her
syntax suck, but I think her intention was that she
believes in free speech. Let's see if she can walk
A warning, though - the Belles of Heaven will be there
and they can cause serious bodily injury with their
Christian sarcasm, viciousness, and acrylic painted
fingernails. Plus, these are the people who
believe in their God-given right to carry guns
anydamnwhere they want to. Just so you know.
Did Ms. Dunbar (wasn't Dunbar one of the
nutcase pilots in Catch-22?) happen to
reveal the title of the "controversial
for sure, but I believe it is entitled
"Seventh Grade Math." The correct
answer to one of the long division problems
is 666, which, of course, proves that Barack
Obama is a Muslim answerable only to
Osama bin Laden and that Jennifer Anniston
is a tool of the devil.
Susan, you should
invite Michele Bachman as your guest to
the Austin County Republican Party
meeting. I'd pay to see her and Cynthia
Dunbar try to out-hate speech each
other. It's guano loco women like them
that sometimes make me wish I was born
a bird so I could crap on their heads.
if you go I'll buy a ticket!!!!
However, I am scared that she will put
some kind of curse on you. She has
the power to do that, you know.
Just look at what she did to her husband
.... errrr ..... ex-husband.
do go, make sure your irony meter is
heavily shielded. I doubt there are
more than a half-dozen operable ones
left in the entire state, maybe in the
world, since the overload from the
Republicans during the past 3 months or
so. Mine burned out long ago.
The drought did not end here in Lake
Jackson. No sireeeee! We got little rain.
If you watched it on radar you saw the
storms literally split over Lake
Jackson. This phenomenon has been going on
for a few years now, I have come up with my
own explanation: Ron Paul.
For all the folks who don't know, Ron "we
don't need no stinkin government" Paul lives
here in Lake Jackson and represents all
the fine folks of Brazoria County.
You see our own special Libertarian who
hates public school, medicare, social
security, public housing and anything that
might remotely smack of government itself is
ruining our weather. While he and his wife
may take advantage of government insurance
and pension benefits he thinks the rest of
us should not.
How does that affect the weather? Well even
the God, Goddess or Great Spaghetti Monster
In The Sky can no longer take it! The
hypocrisy of denying others while you live
off the salary of tax payers and
then proceed to tell them to go pound sand
is too much.
I have a theory that unless we rid ourselves
of this so call congress person the drought
will continue, heck we barely got a inch
Anyway that is my theory and I am sticking
I really enjoy the blog, but Ron Paul
has never participated in the
congressional pension program. In a
world full of hypocrites, I feel like he
should at least get some credit for
putting his money where his mouth is.
good for Dr. Paul Steve! As soon as the
rest of us become congressman, doctors,
lecturers on speaking tours and get paid
to write I am sure we too could give up
our pensions. I don't know, does he get
paid for those talk shows too?
Till then I think I'll make another
cake for the bake sale fund raiser this
weekend for yet another resident of
Brazoria County. How silly are they not
to have had enough money, or a good
enough job to pay for that bout of
Some how Steve I think it is real easy
to tell folks what they don't need from
the government when you have plenty.
For folks worried about medical. food
and shelter maybe not so much.
March 27 - I
this would happen if we let the members of the State
Lege get together in one place. But would you
Oozing Through Texas Soil, a Team of Amoebas
superlatives like the world’s biggest statue of a
jackrabbit and the nation’s most unpopular
modern-day president, Texas can now boast what may
be its most bizarre and undoubtedly its slimiest
topper yet: the world’s largest known colony of
Scientists found the
vast and sticky empire stretching 40 feet across,
consisting of billions of genetically identical
single-celled individuals, oozing along in the muck
of a cow pasture outside Houston.
So now we've got us a famous oozing amoeba ranch - just
what we need to go along with our oozing crazy State
Board of Education - and even Rice University
can't figure it out.
The stars at night are big and bright ... Deep in the
heart of Texas ... The sage in bloom smells like ...
eeeccckkkk giant oozing amoeba!
I think it's wholly inaccurate to
compare the lege with this ooze that
"...can carry out stunning feats of
- Well, there's
good news from Texas today.
We won't have to teach science huddle around a campfire
with chicken entrails, gree-gree, chubracabra howls, and
tea leaves as our textbooks.
Proponents of an
amendment that would mandate teachers explain the
“strengths and weaknesses” of the theory of
evolution to Texas high school students suffered a
defeat Thursday morning, when the measure failed
during a preliminary vote.
The vote was 7-7, and
the amendment needed a simple majority in order to
pass. However, the board still has to make a final
vote on Friday and depending on political pressure,
the decision could change in the next twenty-four
But the fat lady is only warming up. She will
still have a whole legislative session to sing.
“If it fails, I will
push my legislation through,” Christian said before
So, if Wayne Christian has his way, Texas license plates
will have to read: "Insanity: It's not Just Fun,
It's the Law."
It's amusing to me that the rightwingers are claiming
this is a First Amendment right for teachers.
You know, we don't allow math teachers to say, "Well,
some people believe that 2 and 2 are 4, but they might
be wrong. It might be 5. Who knows?"
We do not allow English teachers to teach that split
infinitives are only a suggestion, not a grammatical
We do not allow Spanish teachers to teach in German or
geography teachers to make up their own maps.
The First Amendment does not cover talking voodoo stuff
in a classroom.
You have a Representative named Wayne
Christian sponsoring a bill that
requires explaining the strengths and
weaknesses of Darwinian theory?
Wayne "Christian"? ...Really? Is that
his birth name for real? You're kidding,
PS: Any science teacher worth their
salt will explain this stuff anyway.
It's just that people like Mr. Christian
are too dumb to understand it.
Dear Steve -
I have decided that God loves irony.
thing about Steve's P.S. is that there are a
large number of Texas teachers who believe
that dinosaurs and humans were roaming the
earth at the same time...
March 26 -
I can safely go to Commissioner's Court now.
And ---- Dude, I could get rich renting these suckers in
the viewing balcony of the Texas Lege!
March 25 -
We get email from other suffering Texas Congressional
Jeb Henserling is claiming the
tanking economy is Democrat's fault
since it happened after 2007 when Dems
became majority in the house. Apparently
the previous 7 years had nothing to do
with it. Where do you start?
March 25 -
Best thoughts about yesterday's news shredding at
the Houston Chronicle? Former newspaper editor and
Bob Dunn. Good reading.
I guess worse than having only one newspaper in a town
is only having half of one.
University has offered to pay former condominium
owners more than $2 million to settle a lawsuit over
some land slated for the George W. Bush Presidential
Library, but there's no deal so far.
The offer, which was
disclosed for the first time Tuesday, would have
given two former condominium owners more than $1
million each to settle the case and drop their claim
to the land.
But it wasn't
accepted, and both sides in the long-running case
have recently beefed up their legal teams in
anticipation of a jury trial, which is now delayed
Boy Howdy, this may be the only chance we get have Bush
under oath. I'd pay cash American money to see
I'm considering moving to Dallas and taking my chances
on getting in that jury pool.
March 25 -
Remember how we used to take Tom DeLay down to the river
and dunk him every so often so he could get born again
again? Remember how afterwards we had to skim
nasty for a week?
I can go you one better:
Newt Gingrich just converted from
Baptist to Catholic, which makes him a Baptholic or
maybe a Cathotist. Or maybe he just stayed an
Idiot to keep matters simple.
We suspect he did this so he can drink and dance.
However, that still leaves the whole sex thing.
And for Newt, that's a whole thing.
Newt twittered that he was shocked, shocked I tell you,
that Notre Dame invited President Obama to speak because
"his policies are so anti Catholic values."
Resident Smarty Pants Matt Cooper responded that
"thrice divorced pro death penalty" Newt sure can talk
Yep, that's Newt Gingrich on moral values.
(Thanks to Delores for the heads-up!)
March 24 - Fluffy
pale pink hibiscus in bloom right out the door to my
These suckers are 8 inches across. Everybody say
March 24 -
You know your small town is getting urban when you see
this at the WalMart parking lot ---
It says, "Have Acupuncture. Will Travel."
Hell, I needle locals for free.
March 24 -
They are lower than a cockroach's belly.
As credit markets froze,
banks loaned millions to insiders
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Banks nationwide hold $41
billion in loans to directors, top executives and
other insiders, a portfolio that experts say should
be stripped of secrecy.
Insider lending to
directors is particularly troublesome because it
could cloud the judgment of people charged with
protecting shareholders and overseeing bank
management, the experts say.
There has to be a real special place in hell for these
guys. But until then, I'd like there to be a real
special place for them in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
March 23 -
Oh lookie, here's another "degree" our county judge Boss
Bob Hebert can get!
My friend Steve in New York sent this, allowing as how
Texas has more rightwing religious nuts than you can
shake a stick at. He's right.
Now, call me nuttier than squirrel poop (and you won't
be the first), but I'm wondering what the curriculum
looks like for a Master's in Science in Creationism.
I mean, these folks can't understand The Good Book so
what makes anyone think they could understand Galileo or
Is your thesis a crayon picture of Jesus petting a baby
It's Texas, where the Fundamentalists and the fire ants
are taking over.
I thought just for the heck of it, I'd add a photo from
my large collection of Actual Churches I Have Actually
Seen. This one was in Georgia. Click the
little one to get the big one because you wouldn't want
to miss the drive-thru options of "Miracles, Healings,
Can I have Healings with a side of slaw?
When the only references for these 'degree
granting institutions' have 'Intellegent
design' as their curricula, anything is
possible. These 'Fort Bend Republicans'
continue to fish in a stagnant gene pool.
Most probable is a 'whine' from the 'sour
I am sure I recall that the degree in
creationism is given after you prove you can
successfully cure the afflicted of their
worldly goods and thereby release them from
the temptations of the flesh. Honors work
in tent erections follows. Yeh, in every
sense of the words.
back some people got all upset about Obama's
use of "lipstick on a pig" trying to spin
it in to an insult of Sarah Palin. Now they
are really defining the expression with
this "Masters of Science in Creationism".
Is "Master's in Science in Creationism"
an oxymoron, an oxen for morons, or an
final exam is pretty tough...
“Examine me, O LORD, and prove
me; try my reins and my heart.”
LAKE PLACID — The
Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a
subpoena for all Olympic Regional Development
Authority documents related to the Congressional
Winter Challenge that former U.S. Rep. John Sweeney
used to attend every year in Lake Placid.
--- yada yada yada
Sweeney and U.S.
Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas were the only
congressional attendees in 2006, although other
members of Congress had attended in the past. Also
in attendance were former and then-current Sweeney
staffers, family and friends, Power Authority
officials and guests, and lobbyists, some of whom
had contributed to Sweeney’s campaign, according to
the Syracuse Post-Standard and Associated Press.
Most of the guests had no influence over federal
funding for ORDA, but their getaway was covered by
You know, my kindergarten teacher should be in charge of
hollering at Congresscritters. I'm serious.
She told us, "Don't take things from strangers, play
nice and share." That seems simple enough.
March 23 -
If you want to start your week off by standing up and
shouting, "Amen!" at your internet machine screen,
click here and bask in one damn fine editorial.
Of all the wise
observations in Ecclesiastes about seasons -- times
to be born and to die, to weep and to laugh, to love
and to hate -- the wisest for this moment in history
may be the one about speaking and keeping silent.
It's tailor-made for U.S. Republicans in the party's
far-right wing, and for their fans at home and
In short, it is now
time for the rabid right to shut up.
And it gets better from there.
Thanks to Carl for passing this along, knowing I needed
a kick start this morning.
March 22 -
Those of us in Fort Bend felt the cold devil's breath on
the backs our necks when County Judge Boss Hawg Hebert
allowed that he believed property values had gone up in
Like hell you say, Boss Bob?
Hebert is preparing us for the cruelest tax of all -
saying that our property values have increased when they
Politicians often make statements like Hebert did to
send a message to the Central Appraisal District that we
need to increase property values instead of the tax rate
because .... you guessed it, Boss Bob is up for
re-election next year.
That way, Boss Bob can say, "I didn't increase your
taxes." What he means is that he didn't increase
your tax rate, but his buds on the CAD falsely increased
your valuation, making you pay more taxes. Taxes
that Hebert spends to give his other friends county
contracts to build buildings we do not need.
It's typical Boss stuff. Hebert is slicker than a
eel dipped in axel grease.
A local citizen sees this backdoor tax increase coming,
too, and sent the following letter to the county
For the record, I am a property owner in
Missouri City. I live within the boundaries of
Pct. 4 and within the city limits of Missouri
I have heard and read with dismay in the past
week or so how Mr. Hebert has been “warning”
homeowners in Ft. Bend County that we can expect
our assessed valuations to rise this year. I
believe one of the statements I heard was “we
will have good (increased) values this year.”
And then in the same article I read where Mr.
Hebert is telling all the county employees to be
prepared to have budgets for 2009 that are 5 to
10% lower (or more).
After you have read this article, I would
appreciate some comments from any or all of you
on how ANY of you can even remotely think that
housing prices and property values in Ft. Bend
have done anything but go DOWN from 2008. I can
guarantee that if FBCAD sends me a valuation
notice that is anything but flat compared to
2008, I will be first in line to protest it. I
can assure you that everybody in this county
will be right there with me. If 84% of the
valuations in Harris County will be down or
stagnant, I just cannot fathom how FBCAD and you
the Commissioner’s Court can even think of
trying to float the notion that our valuations
will be higher!
Where I grew up and where I moved here from the
taxing system is different. The CAD sets a
value. The various tax rates are then adjusted
up or down, as required, so that the net effect
on your tax bill would be neutral. THEN if any
agency needs more money, they must hold public
hearings and justify why they need the
additional funds. The way it seems to work here
lends itself to you (and all taxing entities)
getting an increase in your revenues just due to
rising property costs. You all can tell the
public that you did not raise their taxes
(rates). But my tax bill has gone up and up and
up since moving here.
I am interested in your comments, and will await
them with bated breath,
David C. Atwood
The only mistake I can find in Mr. Atwood's letter is
the word "Gentlemen," because there ain't no gentlemen
involved in this thing - there's only hookers and pimps.
March 22 - My
friend Kary sent me this
Obstructionist Republican LONE STAR CLOWN.
March 22 -
You know how some of our members of the Texas Lege want
to do steroid testing on Texas student
we do IQ testing on members of the Lege first?
At a hearing
yesterday of the House Committee on Human Services,
Elkins and other members of the panel considered
more than two dozen bills related to Medicaid and
the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Three hours into the
hearing, Elkins asked: “What’s Medicaid?”
Republican continued: “I know I hear it — I really
don’t know what it is. I know that’s a big shock to
everybody here in the audience, OK.”
He could have kept
quiet. He could have asked an aide. He could have
Googled it. Instead, he asked the question into the
microphone in the middle of a public hearing.
I bet he knows what "campaign contribution" means.
proving, once again, when the Texas Lege is
in session, many a village is missing its
testing was a prerequisite, all the
Republicans and a good chunk of the
Democrats would fail.
Medicaid? We can excuse a Republican
state rep for not knowing of such
matters. If it doesn’t involve opposing
a tax increase or preventing a gay or
lesbian from getting married, or a
person without a drivers license wanting
to vote, it is an irrelevant matter.
We lived in
the Commonwealth of Virginia when George
Allen was governor. His secretary of
education – a perky little blonde who
brought her husband and her little white
poodle to staff meetings – asked one of
her staff “what’s this GED you are
talking about?” We know the story is
true – a good friend of ours was in the
god’s name do these people find their
way to their desks in the morning?
March 19 -
We get an email plea. I agree with Cheryl and will
try to name names at AIG instead of being mad at the
Please, I'm begging you, dial down the AIG
hate a bit. I work at AIG, as do a lot of
other good people. We don't make the big
bucks, and are worried about what will
happen if we lose our jobs - every day. I
agree big bonuses are out of line, but those
big shots are NOT the ones here in Houston
taking the hits. We have people with picket
signs outside of our building and news crews
to film them. We now have police on campus
to protect us. Our building has been
attacked, people are yelling at us in
stores. This is wrong. While a FEW people
caused this problem, thousands of us work
for AIG. We had nothing to do with the
problems. AIG owns a LOT of companies - MOST
of them make money - ONE of them caused this
mess. I believe AIG will pay back the
government. I pray I still have a job at
the end of this mess.
Cowering in Houston....
Cheryl! Today we got a call from our B of A
guy, letting us know his job is disappearing
as of April 2. We've had investment advisors
over the years who have been not nearly as
honest and helpful as this guy has been. In
fact, he's the main reason we've stuck with
B of A in the last couple of years. I'm sick
thinking that really
promising young people like Neil are losing
their jobs because of things people way
above them have been party to.
March 18 -
It's amazing what a little new blood on commissioner's
court can do. He can
leap tall tales in a single bound!
A bill that would
move up the time when the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s
Office could implement a civil service system
received the disapproval of the county Commissioners
Members of the court voted 4-1 in favor of a
non-binding resolution expressing their opposition
to House Bill 1184, introduced by District 27 State
Rep. Dora Olivo,D-Rosenberg, that would allow
members of the Sheriff’s Office to vote on
implementing such a system as early as next
September, instead of waiting until 2011, as current
and then ....
Commissioner Richard Morrison cast the lone vote
against the resolution.
Thank you, Commissioner Morrison.
My question is this: why do we have to wait a
year to treat people right? Why does the sheriff's
department want to continue a tradition of cronyism for
two more years?
County Judge Boss Hawg Hebert has some cock-n-bull
theory that they need a year's training to learn how to
play fairly and act decent. Knowing this sheriff's
department, Hebert might be right.
However, Hebert quotes some hummm... let's see,
statistics ... yeah, that's the picture, statistics ...
first year brings the most complaints. He just
made that up. I've looked for a whole damn day and
it doesn't exist. Even if it does, what the fool
tarnation difference does that make?
So, the new guy on the court hasn't been tainted with
vendor money or Hebert's crazy reasoning. Hell, on
a clear day, Morrison can see forever.
Way to go, Morrison. Being contrary was why you
were elected. Staying contrary will keep you
By the way, somebody needs to whack Grady Prestage
upside the head. You're a Democrat, Grady, so
start acting like one instead of Dumbo the Rightwing
Republican Elephant. Grady, if civil service ain't
worth going to the mat for, what the heck is?
March 18 -
sent me this link and I just keep looking at it.
And lookin' again, and again. Holy Mother of Equal
Justice in a Hula Skirt, that's a nice headline.
Hope to see more like very soon.
associated with the Orlando-Orange county Expressway
Authority since 1982 - a deal that's been worth over
$100 million to PBS&J. Audits and grand jury reports
haven't been kind to the engineering firm. But it's
the case of a $15 million mistake that may sever the
ties between PBS&J and the OOCEA.
A 2007 internal audit
of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority
shows that they were given misleading information
about their new headquarters by engineering firm
PBS&J - including a $15 million mistake about how
much the authority would be able to charge for
leasing space in the new $24 million building.
Now, I don't know about you, but I kinda figure that a
$15 million mistake on a $24 million building is kinda
bad. I mean, you'd think someone would buy a
pocket calculator and catch that one.
Just add it to the honkin' bad business that PBS&J has
pulled all over the place.
March 18 -
Arrrrgh. Grumble, grumble ....
Tom DeLay's pals saved him from another one by saying -
along totally partisan lines - that "funds" are not
the same as "a check."
According to the Republican judges on the Third Court of
Appeals, the average politician in Texas could not
possibly know the difference between "funds" and
"checks." You can't buy a politician with "funds,"
but if you pay by check, everything is hunky dorey.
So the Republican majority on the Third Court kept it
out of the hands of the full court for a hearing.
You know, for a man who whines about activist judges,
Tom DeLay sure readily accepts their generosity when
I guess this just proves the old saying that if your
lawyers can postpone a trial long enough, everybody will
die or the law will change.
Judge Priest got a new web site, and has
promised to keep it updated as the case
progresses, including the Third Court of
AIG paid 73 employees
bonuses of more than $1 million, New York Attorney
General Andrew Cuomo informed Congress in a letter
Cuomo also wrote that
11 of the employees no longer work for the company.
The largest bonus paid was $6.4 million and seven
more people received more than $4 million each.
"Until we obtain the
names of these individuals, it is impossible to
determine when and why they left the firm and how it
is that they received these payments," Cuomo wrote
to a congressional committee.
I agree with President Barack Obama that this is about
values. Greed is not an American value.
These people know what they are doing is wrong, but
they do it anyway. Because they can.
If all Congress can do to stop it is to tax their bonus
back to the treasury, I'm all for it.
Robert Reich pointed out the other night
that the U.S. taxpayers own an 80 percent
share of AIG. He suggested that rather than
get our collective panties in a twist over
paying bonuses to bone-heads, we
shareholders simply spin off the offender's
division, and let it go into bankruptcy.
Or, he slyly suggested, give it to the North
From down here in Sinaloa, I have a better
idea. Give it to our local cartel. Chapo
Guzman is a pretty good businessman, and
knows how to get rid of incompetent
employees... making the cuts from the top.
March 17 -
The granddaughter of Rose Given wishes you a Happy St.
I'm sure our President, Barack O'Bama will be
Which reminds me of a story I've been needing to tell
you. It's a story that could only happen in the
Ole Bubba and I were sitting in
NOLA one fine evening last Fall and Bubba was
wearing his red Obama baseball cap.
We noticed an attractive lady at the next table smiled
at us several times during dinner. We returned the
smile because we're in the deep south and people just do
that, plus we figured she was a Democrat.
When she and her friend finished eating, she dropped by
our table and said, "Roll,
Tide, Roll." At that point she saw Bubba full
face and realized his hat didn't say BAMA;(pronounced
"BAM uh" for you Yankees) it said OBAMA.
It took us all ten full seconds to realize what had
happened. She could only see part of Bubba's hat
from where she sat. Full face, she realized that
Bubba wasn't an Crimson Tide fan, he was an Obama fan.
The lady grinned and said, "Well, that's even better."
She explained that it was fairly common to see a proud
Democrat advertising in N'awlins, but a proud and loud
Alabama fan in the middle of the French Quarters just
might get his butt whipped. It'd be kinda like
wearing your Gay Pride hat to a biker bar.
On the way home, Bubba and I figure that the Obama
strategy in Alabama should be caps with oBAMA on them.
March 16 - Just
when you thought that there might be a bottom to
cynicism about Republicans ---
Governor Rick Perry's office is leaking. Karvey
Kronberg - over at the
- heard the same rumor that I did: Perry will call
a special session.
Perry won't do it to help Texas. He'll do for the
rightwing voters he needs to impress.
On the other side of
the rotunda today, House members sound increasingly
convinced that they expect Governor Rick Perry
to blow up the session and bring us back for a
special on either Voter ID or stimulus money or
avoid special sessions because they are blamed by
the public for the dollars "wasted" as most
lawmakers are forced to simply hang out until the
bills work their way through the process.
But the word on the
House floor today was that there are only a million
Texans the governor cares about right now -- likely
Republican primary voters. Both voter ID and
rejecting stimulus dollars work for him with these
voters. He would keep center stage as he battled
Washington and "liberals", so the storyline goes.
So that means that all Texans will pay for Perry's
pandering. Oh hell, I feel an alliterative song
comin' on. I'm gathering together Bitchin' Betty
and the Sequined Backhoes and see what we can come up
Meanwhile, remember that Rick Perry is pondering on
climbing in your wallet to campaign against Kay Bailey
Hutchinson. Not that he ever climbed out, of
I took liberties with the Toni Basil
song and decided this excerpt was about
Oh, Ricky, what a pity
You don't understand
You take me by the heart
When you take me by the hand
Oh, Ricky, you're so pretty
Can't you understand
It's guys like you, Ricky
Oh, what you do, Ricky, do, Ricky
Don't break my heart, Ricky
Oh, Ricky, you're so fine
You're so fine, you blow my mind
Hey, Ricky, hey, Ricky
Oh, Ricky, you're so fine
You're so fine, you blow my mind
Hey, Ricky, hey, Ricky
Oh, Ricky, you're so fine
You're so fine, you blow my mind
You could tell Don that it wouldn't be
Mitch Miller, who was on Nixon's enemies
list and recorded a cover of "Give Peace
A Chance." Way cool, but unrepublican.
This mess has sent me reading about how
Jesse H. Jones and Franklin D. Roosevelt
did it seventy years ago.
When Jones' Reconstruction Finance
Corporation invested in a bank or company,
they got the books and had a "Come to Jesus
Meeting" with management. If they didn't
have confidence in said management,
they would replace them with people they
The fifty billion dollars (worth about $800
billion today) they disbursed in the 1930's
to save banks, railroads, farms, and most
of all, jobs was paid back with interest as
the banks and corporations bought back the
preferred shares held by the public.
It's my understanding that these AIG bonuses
are being paid to retain 'key personnel.'
In my humble opinion, there can't be that
many 'indispensible' people in this
oversized monster that ought to be spun-off
and broken up. AIG managers that cash bonus
checks ought to do so with the understanding
that they are going out the door
March 14 -
Bob Dunn has just two simple requests of the Republicans
in The Lege. The first one involves thinking we're
the second one involves scissors.
You know how Bob says he's raising kids, crops, and
cain? His kids are adorable. His crops are
dry but doing fine. It's the cain that needs some
- Okay, so as you know, our sheriff, Milton Wright,
has a double digit IQ and senility and a bad case of
goofy to top it all off.
He's got the county judge's office all a'stir over a
bill filed by one of our state reps to extend civil
service protection to county employees by this coming
September, which, using high level and complicated
mathematics apparently not available to the sheriff, I
figure will be 6 months from now.
The sheriff knows we'll have civil service by 2010 and
tries to put on a good face about it ---
“It’s not necessarily
a bad thing,” Sheriff Milton Wright said of civil
service. “It protects people from a sheriff or
police chief who’s vindictive. We’re just against
doing it on this short notice.”
Okay, so the philosophical question is this: why do our
employees need to wait an extra few months for
protection from a vindictive sheriff? Why is six
months "short notice" to treat people right? Why
do you need the extra 3 months to be vindictive?
Most importantly, don't we freekin have something
better to do than waste the time of the county judge and
his employees to give the sheriff an extra couple of
months of being vindictive?
I just don't get it. Does the chief deputy need
some extra time to hone his vindictive skills?
Like I said, goofy.
While in this current economic crises, we are sorry
but we see no other alternative but to reduce our staff.
We have to lay off André.
March 13 - I
have something I want you guys to read about Stanford
Financial, the latest scam to steal everybody's
It seems that
Jesus made them do it.
Interviews with 21
current and former employees over three years show
that religious faith, personal ties and the iron
grip of Stanford himself created a culture that
helped promote the bank’s CDs, the center of what
the Securities and Exchange Commission calls an $8
billion “massive Ponzi scheme.”
Stanford, 58, a
graduate of Baylor University, a Baptist school in
Waco, Texas, recruited his college roommate James
Davis, 60, as his chief financial officer. Davis, in
turn, brought in Chief Investment Officer Laura
Pendergest-Holt, 35, whom he met at First Baptist
Church in Baldwyn, Mississippi, where he was a
Sunday school teacher, according to Jim Holt,
The three Stanford
executives were sued by the SEC last month for
allegedly orchestrating a fraud.
Now, I don't have nothing against the Baptist.
Most of them are very good people. My Momma
is a Baptist, although she is quick to point out that
she's, "not one of those kind of Baptist."
in Texas know exactly what she's talking about.
Momma is one of those
Don Moyers kind of Baptist. (Very few people
know that Billy Don is an ordained Baptist minister.)
If a person has to tell you that he's a Christian, it's
probably because he's not acting like one. It's
The more someone tells you how much they love Jesus and
how you ain't being Jesus-friendly enough, the more you
need to count the silverware when they leave.
It appears that Stanford stole money in the name of
Sweet Jesus. He's ain't the first and he sure the
heck won't be the last.
However, I am pretty near certain that there's a real
special place in hell for those who use Sweet Jesus for
personal gain. I mean, I don't know that for a
fact, but I'd be willing to bet on it.
Accordingly, I've put Mr. Stanford on the prayer list
over at the Household of Faith, C.O.G.I.C. in North
Carolina, Elder Clifton Braden, Pastor.
Hi, Susan, Guess Stanford is another member
of that eternal church of Pay to Pray.
March 12 - Okay, y'all, this is my favorite
story of the year. As I'm sure you've heard, Texas Governor Rick Perry
rejected $550 million in unemployment benefits from
the stimulus package.
But, what you probably haven't heard is that he
held his press conference in front of a high-end
hardware and retail shop here in Houston named
Gov. Rick Perry will
announce today that he is blocking the state from
accepting $550 million for expanded unemployment
benefits as part of the federal stimulus package.
With an upscale
Houston hardware store as his backdrop, he will
paint the expansion as a burden on small business.
sells a line of high-end pastry serving utensils. They
call it (THIS IS NOT A JOKE) the "Let Them
Eat Cake" Line of Fine Utensils.
Click here to see for yourself. You know the
drill - click the little one to get the big one of a
You just gotta love somebody as dumb as Rick
And, hey, if you're going to drop-kick the Governor
with your catalog, you at least ought to give him a 2
minute warning to collect both his IQ points.
Freshman Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) had a
pacemaker implanted in his chest on Thursday
after fainting in the House gym, but he is
expected to make a full recovery, according to a
statement by his physician.
The lawmaker is “awake and joking with the
hospital staff, and is anxious to get back to
work,” according to the statement.
Olson, 46, was taken to the George Washington
University Hospital early this morning after
fainting, an episode that doctors determined was
caused by a slow heartbeat. Doctors gave Olson a
dual-chamber pacemaker to continue to regulate
“The procedure went smoothly with no
complications,” said Dr. Allen Solomon,
cardiologist at the hospital. “This is a common,
often asymptomatic, condition and we expect the
Congressman to resume his active lifestyle.”
Olson is planning to return home to Texas on
Saturday to spend the weekend with his family
and will return to Washington next week for
scheduled legislative business.
Thank goodness that Pete Olson has good
health insurance. Too bad the rest of
I don’t know if Pete knows this yet, but
he has now joined the ranks of the
uninsurable. When he leaves Congress
(hopefully after the next election), no
health insurance company will touch him,
or if one does write him a policy, it
will cost a small fortune and the heart
will be excluded as a “pre-existing
So, Pete needs to join those of us who
advocate for universal health care.
Since he is in Congress, he can actually
do something about it.
Go on Pete, do it for your family, and
our families, too.
a tasteless comment about your
Congressman and his heart.
Regarding Democratic icon Ted
Kennedy and his brain tumor....I
didn't know he had a brain.
Dearest Paula - imagine my shock
that someone with taste came to my
website! I certainly never
intended for that to happen.
March 12 -
I love Republicans.
She beat him with an electric guitar when she found him
in the children's playroom with two pavement princesses.
He was the Republican Party Chairman from 2004 - 2007.
Okay, y'all admit it -
that's the best yet. He had hookers in his
children's playroom. Now that's kinky.
Inverness Police say
former Cook County Republican Chairman Gary Skoien
admitted having two prostitutes in his children’s
playroom when his wife walked in on him early Sunday
The allegation is in
a domestic battery report from Skoien, 55, against
his 36-year-old, 5-foot-4-inch, 110-pound wife. He
said she beat him with her fists and an electric
But Skoien said the
police report inaccurately stated that he had
prostitutes in his home. Skoien said he and a friend
were talking in the playroom when his wife came down
and began beating him.
Eni Skoien spent two
nights in a lock-up before being released on a
$10,000 personal recognizance bond.
The police report
said Skoien had cuts and blood on his hands and
there was blood on the walls and stairs near the
The police report
said Skoien “told [the responding officer] he did in
fact have prostitutes with him in the playroom when
his wife caught him.” The playroom looked like “a
struggle of some kind took place there...There were
items turned and tossed around the room,” the report
Yeah, but my bet is that the pavement princesses messed
up the game room. I mean, ole Gary didn't hire
housekeepers to come play with him, ya know.
March 12 - Alfredo
sends us a heads-up that our local buddies, BBS&J are
back in the Florida News.
Most of you will recall that PBS&J ripped off the
Orange County-Orlando Expressway Authority for $15
million, and then things
went downhill from there ---
The chairman of Orlando's toll-road
agency said Wednesday that he will
urge his fellow board members to
terminate a multimillion-dollar
agreement with a longtime consultant
— an attempt to end one of the
controversies that has engulfed the
agency for more than two years.
Rich Crotty, also Orange
County's mayor, told the
he would push to sever ties with the
engineering firm PBS&J of Tampa
hours after he received a scathing
letter from Harvey Massey, a former
member of the toll agency's board of
directors, calling for "real reform"
Orlando-Orange County Expressway
Our county commissioners
(with the exception of Richard Morrison) have pimped
themselves to the Fort Bend County branch of PBS&J -
even after PBS&J admitted to ripping us off and
being forced to make a small refund. Our
commish boys kept holding out their hands and asking
Look, I don't mind our commissioners being pavement
princesses to make a little extra cash for
themselves, but they're dancing in the slug trail of
a major federal investigation, and that just seems
Oh wait, I'm talking about county commissioners.
March 12 -
Just when you think it can't get any weirder in Texas,
the Lege has decided to be the only primates in the
honor George W. Bush ---
The measure by Rep.
Charles “Doc: Anderson of Waco (yes, he is a
Republican) recounts Bush’s life story and refers to
him as “this dynamic Texan.”
administration met numerous foreign policy
challenges, while also making constructive progress
in relations with India and sustaining a solid
relationship with China,” the resolution notes,
adding that Bush “lived each day with the safety and
prosperity of his fellow citizens foremost in his
mind; he took a principled stance on a wide range of
issues of great importance to every American, and
his tireless efforts will not soon be forgotten.”
The resolution -
along with one honoring Laura Bush - is on the
House’s Congratulatory and Memorial Calendar, which
generally is reserved for measures not expected to
Look, forget that he was the worst President ever.
I mean, just put that aside. You still cannot vote
to honor this guy in Texas because ... well, hell,
so I'll just say it: he's afraid of horses. I mean
he won't even stand next to Trigger or ride Topper.
And Silver is out of the question what with that rairin'
thing Silver does.
You simply cannot honor a man in Texas who is afraid of
horses. It's against the Wussie Law, which is in
Article 7, Section C of the Texas Constitution.
Look it up. It's there. Right under
Desecration of a Venerated Object or a Bowl of Chili.
Honey, Sam Houston hisownself wrote that law. And while
I freely acknowledge that Waco is in Texas only by
geographic accident, Doc Anderson still has to follow
Texas law when he's in Austin.
My theory is that Doc is doing this kiss-up to finagle
an invitation to Bush's house in Dallas for dinner so he
can get the hell outta Waco for a few hours. I
mean, even George Bush is a intellectual leap up from
Waco. Okay, maybe not a leap, but surely a step or
Doc, don't do this, Hon. We'll see that you get
an invitation out to the Annual Cowboy Poetry Fest in
Alpine next year if you just quit this foolishness.
Y'all can contact Doc
right here to inquire if he's taken leave of his
senses. Remember the Momma Rule: no nasty
talk or threats that you wouldn't want my Momma to read.
Susan, I sent Doc an email like you
suggested, but I got to thinking-Doc was
just trying to embarrass Dubya for being
the worst president ever. Reckon?
March 10 -
Y'all, there's a pretty good tune
a Texas Political/Agribusiness song.
And, I included the lyrics in case you're at work.
I'm a very nice person.
March 10 - He has
thrown down the gauntlet. He has tossed his hat
into the ring. He has puked on his boots.
Chuck Norris is running for President of Texas.
Actually, he's taunting us with political intrigue.
He says he MAY run for President of Texas, an office
last week when Republican Governor Rick Perry accidently
drooled on a set of historic documents, has not even
existed since 1846, which, ironically, was the same year
that Chuck Norris believes God created the earth after a
night out drinking with Sam Houston.
Norris, who was born in Oklahoma, has never lived in
Texas. But that's okay, because our current
Governor has never lived in reality, so, apparently,
residency is not a requirement for the job.
I hate to do this but I guess I'm gonna have to run
against him. Instead of a costly election,
however, I favor a fight: his kicking foot against
Like I said, the boy's never been to Texas, Hon.
Once he figures out that secession has
been tried before and didn’t work out so
well, Chuck might end up needing to talk
to someone with some good sense. I hope
you can help him.
March 10 -
So, it appears that I'm not the only one noticing that
Tom DeLay is attempting a comeback.
Honey, you cannot turn on any talk show without seeing
Tom's overly-botoxed and discount facelifted mug on the
electric teevee. Lord, he's starting to look like
Joan Rivers' prom date.
others are taking notice, too.
In their attempt to make Rush Limbaugh sound sane, they
haul Tom DeLay on teevee and have him crazytalk for
For some reason, they never ask Tom about his record of
hog conservatism or even his personal successes since
crawling away in defeat and surrender.
Tom DeLay has never be one to shy away from hypocrisy
Since his indictment
in the fall of 2005, the discredited DeLay kept a
mercifully low profile. But recently, “the Hammer”
has resurfaced on cable-TV news, positioning himself
as the leader of the conservative true
believers—saying that President Obama’s “world view
is socialism”—and castigating the GOP for losing its
way. It’s time for a reality check: Republicans lost
their way under his congressional leadership.
More than any other
figure, Tom DeLay was responsible for the rise of
not just the unprecedented pork-barrel spending that
conservatives now blame for their defeats, but also
the cronyism and corruption, the odd combination of
religious self-righteousness and amoral political
opportunism, the enforcement of group-think
ideological extremism that leads politicians to
mistake partisanship for principle.
Now let me tell you how successful this guy has been
with the free market: his exterminating business
went belly-up, his book didn't sell, his pay-per-view
blog crumbled in less than 6 months so now about once a
month he whines about how unfair everyone treats him
Townhall, and he admits that his
Coalition for a
Republican Majority isn't making any money at all.
Typical Republican record.
So now we have a Republican Party run by Rush Limbaugh,
Tom DeLay, and Newt Gingrich.
And you wonder why I'm buying champagne by the case?
Chris Matthew fault. Why he keeps
inviting Tom the Exterminator on his
show is beyond me. I've asked! He won't
tell me. But I do think that Tom
the Exterminator and The Newt will
certainly make the next 20 months that
much more entertaining. Heck, for the
last 2 months I've been living on beer
and popcorn. Who has time to cook with
so much entertainment on CNN, MSNBC,
and now CNBC! I keep watching Cramer get
smaller and smaller every week. Just
like my 401K.
This is one more American thanking you for giving
America the gift of science.
only eight years late and we can start
research on debilitating diseases - and this
from Nancy Reagan;
'Reagan continued, “Countless people,
suffering from many different diseases,
stand to benefit from the answers stem cell
research can provide. We owe it to ourselves
and to our children to do everything in our
power to find cures for these diseases — and
soon. As I’ve said before, time is short,
and life is precious.” '
Thirteen-year-old Lane Dunkley
just wanted to go hunting with his grandfather.
What he got was a lecture on politics.
Dunkley and his father, Daniel Reddy, who live in
Tulsa, went to Broken Arrow on Tuesday night for a
hunter safety course normally required to get an
Oklahoma hunting license.
The class was a reward of sorts. Dunkley, who wants
to go hunting with his grandfather, was told he
could take the class only if he brought up his
So he did — to a B-plus average.
But when father and son arrived at the lesson, the
volunteer instructor, Kell Wolf, asked if any of the
students voted for President Barack Obama.
Reddy, a transplanted Californian — and former
Marine — raised his hand.
According to Reddy and others in the room, Wolf
called Obama "the next thing to the Antichrist" and
ordered Reddy and Dunkley from the room. When Reddy
refused, Wolf said he would not teach "liberals" and
would cancel the course if Reddy didn't leave.
So Reddy and Dunkley left, as did a few others.
Just mean and hateful. I have a question:
how little does your winkie have to be for you to act
does a disservice to all the good people of
does a disservice to all of us Nation-wide
who provide a community service without
regard for someone's politics faith,
religion, race or creed and do so just
because it serves our communities.
I saw your post on the kid being thrown out
of the hunting safety class because his dad
voted for Obama. I was appalled. I'd be
equally appalled if he had been thrown out
because he voted for McCain. Or George W.
Bush, for that matter.
I sure as heck would have walked out in
support, regardless of whom they voted for.
This country was founded on the principles
of religious and political freedom. And on
the sacred right to cast your own PRIVATE
vote for anybody YOU see fit..
How dare somebody kick you out of a hunter
safety class because of how you voted.
Have the red states declared war on people
who have a different opinion? If so, they
are un-American. And if blue states are
declaring war on red states, same to them.
Rapid partisanship is what's killing this
country. I speak as somebody who has voted
for as many GOP candidates as I have for
Democratic candidates in presidential races
(I won't lie, I did vote Obama this time
around and was proud to do so).
I have nephews in really blue Portland, OR,
and nephews in really red rural Missouri. I
love them all equally. The Missourians are
hunters (they are farm kids and realize they
need to know gun safety to do their job well
-- occasionally, they have to kill predators
to protect their cattle -- and in a very few
cases, humans from rapid wildlife).
I'm not a farm kid; I'm a suburbanite who
grew up in the middle and has lived on both
coasts in the meantime. I have no personal
interest in hunting. I also have no personal
desire to ban hunting. But I don't want
ANYBODY to be shooting a gun without safety
How dare you turn hunter safety classes into
a political statement! For that matter,
would that go for swimming classes, CPR
classes, first aid classes?
Bull puckey. Politics should never be part
of the picture when teaching Americans to be
Portland, OR, (raised in Kansas City and a
resident of the east coast for a lot of
March 9 - According
to the Texas Legislature, the problem with Texas
universities isn't that there isn't enough learning, the
problem is that there isn't
enough guns, dammit.
AUSTIN -- If some
Texas lawmakers have their way, concealed weapons
will soon be allowed on UTEP's campus.
A bill filed by state
Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, and state Sen. Jeff
Wentworth, R-San Antonio, would make Texas the
second state to allow concealed handguns on college
campuses. Eleven senators and 56 representatives
have signed on as authors or co-authors.
Since 1996, Texans
have been able to carry concealed handguns, but they
cannot carry at schools, in courts, polling places,
race tracks or airports.
Okay, I'll make them a deal. I'll support this the
session after they approve the carrying of loaded and
functional weapoinery in the balcony of the Texas State
No, I'm serious. Think about it.
If we're allowed to carrying all manner of guns,
particularly my shotgun, in the balcony overlooking the
Texas House for a full session and no one gets shot,
then I'll agree it's a workable idea to carry guns on
college campuses, churches, and liquor stores.
And the other upside is that if someone does get shot,
it's no big loss.
This is a win-win for everyone!
March 9 - A
big ole slap on the back to our newly elected Democratic
County Commissioner (and my own personal county
commissioner, which ain't an easy job)
who got his ideas spread all over the greater Houston
area this weekend by being in the
Sunday Houston Chronicle.
They printed his editorial
you read here about
spending stimulus money on toll roads.
I would say that my county commissioner is smarter than
the Governor of Texas, but that's not a compliment
because my dog is smarter than the Governor of Texas.
So I'll just say that my county commissioner is smarter
than a tree full of owls.
March 8 -
And in today's Rush Limbaugh update ---
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn is going to turn
into a toad. I mean it. He's kissing himself
so much that it's bound to happen sooner or later.
John Cornyn has decided that it's an outrage -- an
outrage, I tell you! -- that Republicans are lining up
to kiss Rush Limbaugh's patootie.
not exactly how John worded it, but that's what he's
John, Babe, buy a vowel. We didn't make Rush
Limbaugh king - you guys did. John, be outraged
over the things Rush Limbaugh says, not the fact that we
make fun of him for saying it. And, by the way,
since you're so concerned about taxpayer money -- didn't
you use a member of your staff to write your letter?
Ain't that taxpayer money, too?
Has anybody else noticed that there's only one letter
and 100 pounds difference between Rush and Bush?
March 8 -
Well, I sprung forward this morning and couldn't be
happier about it. We've been having spring here since
Christmas, but in another week or so the pool will be
warm enough to take a dip.
Meanwhile, Don A. reminds us of something else we all
love --- The New York Times.
Where else can you find people like Paul
Krugman ("Basically, the political
philosophy of the GOP right now seems to
consist of snickering at stuff that they
think sounds funny. The party of ideas has
become the party of Beavis and Butthead.")
and Charles M. Blow ( the Republicans have
dissolved into a querulous lot of nags and
naysayers without a voice, a direction or a
clue) in the same week?
Also, I can't find the reference anymore but
today I encountered a reference to the
know the definition of a dittohead - a
creature that has undergone a limbaughtomy.
Limbaugh-otomy. Have been referring to the
Geo. Wills sort as pundittoes, myself.
Lim Baughden leading the Talibaptists
against infidels who refuse the words of
the prophet Ayn Rand.
March 6 - Okay, this
is almost funny.
Republican County Judge Bob "Hawg" Hebert wants every
department in the county
cut back 10%. Well, except for Hebert.
Hebert is a guy who thinks non-bid contracts should
actually read: Helping my friends and campaign
contributors get rich off the county taxpayers.
Plus, he's got hot and cold running staff in his
office. JC Whitten could hit the road and never be
missed because nobody knows what he does for a living
anyway. We ought to gift wrap his paycheck!
Heckfire, Hebert, if you went over Joe B Allen's bills
to the county, we could save .... oh, I dunno ... 30 or
40% right there alone. Goodness sake, Joe B goes
to bed at night with visions of Fort Bend and sugar
plums dancing in his head.
So, Hebert is counting paper clips while the money flow
to non-bid vendors is taking us all to the poorhouse.
And, mark my word, that new county jail is going to
break us all. I heard the same song and dance when
they built the last jail about it being a money-maker
and I sure the heck didn't see any money. We do
not need this new jail.
And how about postponing building the Taj MaLaw over by
the River while the economy is so bad? We can wait
on that structure for sure. We don't need it
But nooooo ... let's count paperclips instead.
Cripes, I am sick, sick, sick of Republican economics.
What you are
describing in Fort Bend is exactly what is
happening to the State on a larger scale.
Small minds think alike or steal ideas from
Gov. Hairball must be Hebert's role model. Does he wear pancake
makeup when in front of TV cameras? Opps, I
forgot Perry stopped that cause even Bush
thought it was dumb and weird.
March 6 -
Okay, just one more. I promise. Just one
more. Thank you, Drew Sheneman
March 5 -
The worst day of the year? When I put my sandals
and Keds in a box and carry them upstairs.
Best day of the year? The day I bring them back
Oh, come on, fess up, you knew I'd have more than 2
pair of pink sandals! Actually, my favorite pair
kinda got cut out of the picture --- yes, I have more
--- they are orange with rhinestones, lotsa rhinestones.
I am also fond of Keds. I pretty much have every
color, including both baby pink and hot pink.
spring training. Life is good.
of the states that have already signed their
certifications are ruled by liberal Democrats who
write simple, professional letters quoting the
section of the legislation that requires their
Texas’ Rick Perry, on the other hand, writes a
whiny bitch thing, because why is he even taking
this money that he doesn’t want?
I will not
be sad to see him gone. Under his leadership, we
have gone from being The Great State of Texas to being
The Slightly Below Average State of Texas.
March 5 - God help
me, I'm addicted. I just can't help myself.
I am totally addicted to Rush Limbaugh cartoons. Is
there a 12-step program for this?
Republicans are trying to figure out how to distance
themselves from Rush Limbaugh without really
distancing themselves too much from Rush Limbaugh.
Democrats laid the trap by declaring Limbaugh the
head of the GOP, and Republicans in Congress can’t
seem to figure out how to solve the riddle.
They don’t want to appear that they are taking
marching orders from the conservative talk show
host, but at the same time, they are wary of
criticizing him and enduring the wrath of his
powerful microphone and millions of listeners.
Michael Steele should
resign as Republican National Committee (RNC)
chairman, according to a committee member from North
In an e-mail to fellow RNC members obtained by The
Hill, Dr. Ada Fisher, North Carolina's national
committeewoman, said Steele is "eroding confidence"
in the GOP and that members of his transition team
should encourage him to step aside. Fisher added
Steele's personal e-mail address to the e-mail.
If the country wasn't falling apart from all their
idiotic mistakes over the past 8 years, this would be
the most fun since Aunt Bessie got her skirt caught in
the wagon wheel.
Okay, one more. Just one more and I'll stop for
the day. I can't quit you, Rush.
In addition to the
trips, Sessions received $41,375 and Cornyn got
$19,700 in campaign contributions from Stanford and
other company executives. Average Texans don't get
so much time with their elected officials, and
neither would Stanford – if not for his wealth,
contributions and vacation paradise.
Sessions and Cornyn
have donated $9,000 of those funds to charity. They
would be wise to donate the rest – and to use better
judgment next time.
Judgment? Cornyn and Sessions? Don't hold
your breath, Babe. That'll happen when the flames
of hell are making popsicles.
So if me and Verdelia accidently rob a bank and take
$60,000, we just gotta give $18,000 to charity and all
is forgiven? Hummm ... I think me and ole Verdelia
just got us a new occupation.
the same guy who got caught entering the
country with extra unprescribed Viagra after
going on an
all boys "fishing trip" ? (Check out the
would know. As Robin Williams would say "I
can't quit you Rush".
Many years ago, long before I became a
Squire, I had a supervisor who was a dyed in
the wool "Ditto Head" fan of
Rush "Flush"Limbaugh. The guy would come
into the break room where all the employees
would be gathered for our morning coffee and
donuts and start spouting ole Flushs latest
bit of garbage. I actually joined the
National Organization For Women and the A.
C. L. U. so that when he'd come down on
those two organizations I could flash my
membership cards and he'd sputter and leave
the room. The funny thing was that he knew
from the git go what was coming and always
seemed to be surprised when I'd show him my
cards. I'm still a member of
both organizations and don't suppose that
Fox News will be asking me for my opinion on
should have seen me out plowing our driveway
and walks yesterday AM, it was single digits
and 7" of snow....nice way to start a day.
left my humble apology to Drug Rush hisself
at this website -
It's funny to hear his supporters say how
popular he is, how 10s of millions listen to
him every day and how that makes him so
But in the end that's all he has. Yeah, it's
made him rich because 28% is a great
marketing tool, but in the big picture it's
Limbaugh Conservatives may turn out to be as
effective a label as Limousine Liberals (or
Liberals for short) was 10 years ago.
March 3 - Okay, y'all, we finally have a county
commissioner with a triple digit IQ and a some ethics.
Y'all just wish you had a county commissioner with guts
enough to stand up against the tidal wave of toll roads
and fancy pants developers. Well,
I do. Head on over there and give Richard a
high five. (You might have to register to comment
but it's no big deal.)
In Texas we are trying to use 2 billion dollars in
federal funding to pay for toll roads. That's
double taxation. That's the new Republican way to
do business. Morrison ain't buying it.
March 3 - Pssssst....
y'all, over here. Quiet now, we don't want them to
Here's the plan - from now on when you see a Republican,
tell them you think it's a great idea that Rush Limbaugh
is their leader and that all their elected officials are
kissing his hiney. Tell them that Democrats are
real, real scared of Rush.
Whisper and pass it on.
Recent poll showed Bush
with higher favorable rating than Limbaugh
In fact, polls by Gallup
in February show that Limbaugh has less favorable
ratings from the mainstream public than former
President George W. Bush. But while members of
Congress and presidential aspirants spent most of
the last two years trying to run away from Bush,
Limbaugh's power seems to be expanding.
"In a February Gallup poll, 45 percent of
respondents said they had an unfavorable view of
Limbaugh, to 28 percent with a favorable opinion.
The partisan divide was steep, with Republicans
favoring Rush 60-23, while Democrats disapproved
63-6," Howard Kurtz
writes in Tuesday's Washington Post.
Yep, we're real scared of Rush. So, please don't
throw us in the briar patch.
Well gosh, Juanita. I'd've sent you an
e-mail, but I didn't think you'd need
remindin'. But honey, not even saying
"Happy Birthday, Texas" is just tacky.
Wynn, you are totally right. However,
I did it on purpose because the only
birthday card I could find over at Bessie
Sue's House of Cards and Whatnot was a
belated birthday card. (Bessie Sue has
let the stock dwindle since she got religion
and burned all the greeting cards because a
lady at her church told her that cards are a
tool of the devil. It wasn't until the
next Sunday School meeting that Bessie Sue
learned it wasn't Hallmark cards they were
talking about. She ungot religion that
very day, on the premise that "they need to
be clearer what they're talking about before
a woman destroys her livelihood ... and all
her garter belts."
So I'll be sending Texas a belated birthday
card today. I think I'll address it to
God. He lives in Big Bend.
you absolutely positive 100% that He lives
in Big Bend? I always thought he lived in
the Hill Country - somewhere up
around Wimberley! Now, don't tell me He
moved!! But the way I look at it, He lives
just about anywhere He wants to and all at
the same time according to the Good Book so
I guess we are both right, huh.<G>
Marie, well, here's how it is: God
lives in Big Bend. Jesus lives in the
Hill Country, and the Holy Ghost lives in
the Big Thicket. I've checked this out
and I'm correct. In fact, I think I
saw Jesus near Gruene floating down the
Guadalupe River on an inner tube once.
Big ole grin on his face. And if
you've even been in the Big Thicket as the
sun is setting on a autumn day, you've met
the Holy Ghost.
the Plumber (no longer a plumber; first name
actually Samuel) popped into our town yesterday
evening to sell his new book and to remind people
that he's still a plain and simple guy. Mission
accomplished, on at least one of his missions.
About 11 people
wandered into the rows of seats set up hopefully
in the basement of a downtown Border's bookstore
to hear Joe speak. Joe addressed them from
behind a lectern and with a microphone, but that
seemed unnecessarily formal.
The really good news, "Wurzelbacher
was scheduled to speak and sign books for three hours,
but the Joe Show was over in 55 minutes. Total copies of
"Joe the Plumber" sold: five."
(Thanks to Wanda for the heads-up.)
March 2 -
When you watch this, and you simply must watch this,
note three things.
1. Tom DeLay is still not making a living.
His little project is hurting due to the bad economy.
You know, the economy he created. Ah, karma.
2. What money he is earning, he's spending on
another facelift and some Botox.
3. He thinks Democrats are organized.
He's delusional. Maybe now that DUHbya
can's use his delusions anymore he's given
some of them to Tom. Conservatives don't
have leadership? Remember the Haster-DeLay
leadership team that gave us the paving
bricks to build the road to perdition that
Rove's permanent majority went marching
down? Lord love a duck and give us more of
those leaders for the Conintern coalition.
March 2 - Alert the
media! It's not liberal anymore. My buddy
Carl found us a
another good story to throw back at our rightwing
analysis of television presidential campaign
coverage from 1992 to 2004 suggests that the three
television broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS and NBC --
favored Republicans in each election, according to
two Indiana University professors in a new book.
research runs counter to the popular conventional
notion of a liberal bias in the media in favor of
Democrats and against Republican candidates.
And then, what we've all suspected----
think this is journalists conspiring to favor
Republicans. We think they're just so beat up and
tired of being accused of a liberal bias that they
unknowingly give Republicans the benefit in
coverage," said Grabe, who also is a research
associate in political science at the University of
Pretoria in South Africa. "It's self-censorship that
journalists might be imposing on themselves."
So what did we learn from today's lesson, class?
That whining works.
March 2 - This
has nothing to do with politics, but my friend Deb let
me know that the South Carolina Quilting Society has
found a great way to raise money for Breast Cancer
auctioning off bras.
I haven't decided which one I'm going to bid on,
because, as you know, shiny is my favorite color, but I
also like frilly.
This is not an easy choice, y'all.
What's the point in buying a bra unless
you've got a coupla boobs to stuff in it?
Here, send these to your friends in
Pennsyltucky or New Guernsey. No returns.
March 1 -
Apparently there's a new pipeline down I-10 from Florida
to Texas. It's a money pipeline, but you're
getting any. You? Well, all you get is
screwed, glued and tattooed.
Here's the story
coming out of Florida. It appears that the
infamous PBS&J, who have recently become oh so good cash
buddies of our county commissioners and county judge
(with the notable exception of recently elected Richard
Morrison) are in tad bit of trouble in Florida.
A Florida grand jury issued a report saying that --
A "culture of
corruption" permeated greater Orlando's toll-road
agency for years because contractors of the agency
were continually hit up for political contributions,
said an Orange County grand-jury report released
And whose name kept
The report said Keen
used two contractors to fetch money for him: Ron
Pecora, who held the agency marketing contract from
1994 until 2006; and Bob Paulson of PBS&J of Tampa,
which has been the authority's main engineering
consultant since 1982.
That would be the same PBS&J who donate generously to
our county commissioners, or to the favorite charities
of our county commissioners. Well hell, let's be
honest about this: Every danged vendor who wants
something to do with this toll road is throwing money at
our county commissioners. Heckfire, with all the
money tossed at them, you could get our commissioner
boys a pole and some music and they could be male
strippers at a widow woman convention.
Now that brings us to the pipeline. Democrat
Richard Morrison was elected on the campaign promise to
oppose the toll road in Fort Bend, and he's done that.
But, only one other commissioner sided with him.
So, the commissioner boys decided it would be cute to
get this whole toll road thing out of the hands of the
public here in Fort Bend and let Boss Hawg Hebert take
control of ramming this thing down our throats.
So, they did that.
So, you're screwed. And now is the time to have
"Culture of Corruption" tattooed on your head.
Until this county passes some campaign finance reform
legislation, stops the rodeo, baseball, and football
ticket giveaways to commissioners, and quits these
generous "working" retreats at fancy resorts for
commissioners, we will continue to get glued to the
sticky side of crap we don't want or need.
If we want to stop this culture of corruption in our
own backyard, this is the time to do it. We only
need one vote. Hawg Hebert is up for re-election
next year and do not tell me that he can't be beat.
Democrat Richard Morrison beat the heavily financed
Republican Economic Development Council supported
candidate by having a clear statement of beliefs and
some dandy newspaper ads. We can do it again.
If Barack Obama can come within one percentage point of
winning in this county, we can elect a Democrat to be
county judge. So, let the big ones line up and
little ones gang up because it's time we the people get
a damn voice around here.
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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.