June 29 -
Just a little fun update on Cap'n
Randy Neugebauer that you might enjoy.
According to his
most recent financial disclosure report (page 13),
Randy is a member of Empowerment Enterprises, LLC, a
Texas LLC, which owns a watercraft worth between
$500,000 and $1 million and which generated between
$1,000 and $2,500 in rental income in 2008.
But, even more fun? The name of his yacht ...
prepare yourself ... is ... Fun Raiser.
Certificate Issue Date:
Certificate Expiration Date:
Hailing Port Address:
Vessel Official Number:
Trade License Type:
Vessel Service Type:
Just a tad too clever, don't ya think?
And now that we have identified what yacht Randy owns,
we can get pictures ---
In Rep. Sally Kern's
Proclamation for Morality she blames the nation's
current economic and other problems on gays,
abortion, divorce, and all around lack of Christian
WHEREAS, the people
of Oklahoma have a strong tradition of reliance upon
the Creator of the Universe; and
WHEREAS, we believe
our economic woes are consequences of our greater
national moral crisis; and
WHEREAS, this nation
has become a world leader in promoting abortion,
pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking,
divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse, and many
other forms of debauchery; and
WHEREAS, alarmed that
the Government of the United States of America is
forsaking the rich Christian heritage upon which
this nation was built; and
WHEREAS, grieved that
the Office of the president of these United States
has refused to uphold the long held tradition of
past presidents in giving recognition to our
National Day of Prayer; and
.... Oh Lord, it
goes on and on ....
So if you guys would just quit debaucherying around, God
would feed little hungry children again. But
because you're misbehaving, God is punishing that little
old lady down the street who never hurt a flea but now
can't afford her medicine because the economy went to
the pits because .... well, you know who you are, Mr.
and Ms. Lack of Christian Faith.
And, if that doesn't scare you enough to quit your
philandering ways, Sally bills herself as a
Kernservative with Kerncerns.
Personally, that alone scares the poop outta me.
I would feel
so much better about moving from OK to
TX if I didn't live in Smoky Joe's
district. I don't know which is worse.
gal must be channeling McCarthy!! What
is her nickname? Torquemada?
Sally's wherasses jolted me awake this
morning! Whereas I have TRIED to see
the point of view of Sally (and her
ilk), but alas I cannot get my head that
far up my whereas.
I dearly love your non-blog. I live in
Redding, CA, a republican stranglehold
in northern CA. I continue to be
optimistic, but not much has
changed here in 20 years. We did have a
gay pride event here over the weekend
and a 100 people showed up. That would
never have happened 20 years ago when I
first moved here.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know your
non-blog is happily received here in my
beautiful area. Keep up the good work.
Sally Kern's website reveals the
Prior to her election, Sally
was very active in her
church as a Bible teacher
and member of the choir, and
continues to serve there.
teaching high school
in Oklahoma City when
Sally has taught school
about 20 years.
Getting her out of the classroom
and into Congress may seem like
a step backward for America, but
it is certainly a giant leap
forward for the children of
I'll take it as a better than
even swap. She can't do nearly
as much harm in Congress as she
can in a classroom.
I'm not sure she's serious,
anyhow. I think she serves in
Congress so she can develop
material for her
other web site.
Tom in Lake Jackson
Hold on a minute, Sister
Kern! Might it be that our great
nation is being punished for
prosecuting an unjust war (blessed
are the peacemakers),
killing more than 4,000 young
Americans and uncounted numbers
of Iraqis and Afghans (thou
shalt not kill) and
torturing captives (love your
enemies)? If anything is
regularly forsaken by Kern and
her ilk, it tends to be basic
tenets of their religion. As in
Texas, Oklahoma's "christians"
have a serious problem when it
comes to understanding the
import of those tenets. The
fruits of theocracy can be seen
in Iran now. Serious fantods
follow the thought of an Grand
Ayatollah named Pat Robertson.
June 29 - I
love the Bluejays. I do. Many good folks
live in Needville, but it has become increasingly
obvious that the Needville Independent School District
waaaaay too much money.
Six months after a
federal judge ruled they violated the constitutional
rights of a kindergarten student for not letting him
wear his hair according to his Native American
religious beliefs, Needville Independent School
District officials have appealed the ruling before
the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a recently filed
appeal brief, Needville ISD’s attorney said the
judge’s ruling “hijacked” the district’s authority
to “regulate its population.”
The decision by the
district marks the latest move in a nearly
year-long dispute pitting the district and its
strict student dress code against a 5-year-old boy
who wishes to wear his hair long as an expression of
his American Indian heritage.
Outside of paying for this silly fight using little
children's education money, the school board should also
be ashamed of themselves for being control freaks.
"Regulating population" sounds like something they do in
Iran, not the United States of America.
If you need to regulate the population, then you're not
leading very darn well.
June 28 - Some
of you have been following, with no small amount of glee
I might add, the story of West Texas Republican
Randy Neugebauer and his yacht.
It seems that Randy wanted to use his campaign funds to
cover the cost of his 52 foot yacht. Now, this
gets funnier when you realize that there no bodies of
water in Randy's district that would hold a 52 foot
anything, and the thought of parading that sucker around
on a tow is just too weird to imagine.
No, Randy keeps his yacht in waters of the evil place -
there's a ruling ---
must pay himself to use a personal yacht for
campaign events, federal elections regulators have
The ruling allows
U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Lubbock, to legally
use the boat for campaign events under certain
conditions and look into chartering the 52-foot
yacht to others for the same use.
Randy's done gone into the yacht renting bidness, y'all!
If you have some spare time, you'll enjoy
reading the comments after the article in the
Lubbock newspaper, with the liberals wondering why a guy
who was almost bankrupt can suddenly afford a
yacht on a government salary, and the conservatives
hollering that the liberals just have yacht-envy.
You know I don’t know. I’ve
never seen him produce documents
that would say one way or
As far as Newhamburgler's
Lubbock yacht is concerned, see pic
attached. This is the last known
photograph, taken during a tragic
incident involving the ceremonial
burning of Presidential birth
certificates, the US Constitution,
and 9 GOP "family values" planks.
have good reason to believe there is
a connection, what with all the
strange Republican behavior lately.
See, it's like this, they don't
believe climate change is for real
so they ignore it. That is much to
their peril because it really is
getting hotter, Duh. Since
Republicans are brain matter
challenged this is a bigger danger
for them. Due to the small size of
their brains it leaves extra skull
space that must be taken up by
fluid. This fact and global warming
couple to create the steamed clam
effect. That is when their pesky
wittle brain gets boiled in the
extra fluid it is floating in
because they refuse to stay out of
the heat and deny it's that bad. The
symptoms are running around nude,
having rambling incoherent press
conferences, confessing to adultery
all the things that are happening
lately. I can't explain Sarah Palin
though cause Alaska is not that hot
yet. She may just be regular crazy
as opposed to steamed clam syndrome
That guy with the yacht, that could
definitely be another symptom. West
Texans buying yachts go figure.
June 27 - My
friend Robin thinks it might have something to do with
My theory -- and the cool thing about theories is that
they don't have to be correct -- is what I call Susan's
Third Law of Uptight: there are universal limits
to the amount of uptight a person can contain.
When those limits are exceeded, they go to the Safeway
wearing nothing but a Davy Crockett cap and a grin.
Another Republican exceeds the limit ---
time got a little too public for a
former Georgia mayor.
arrested Mark Musselwhite and
charged him with public indecency
last weekend after state Department
of Natural Resources officers found
him sitting nude at his Rabun County
Officers had received a complaint
about a naked man walking along a
nearby road earlier in the day, but
the 43-year-old Musselwhite said he
was not the same man. Musselwhite
told the DNR officer he had been
swimming in a nearby creek.
Republican was elected to the
Gainesville City Council in 2000,
where he served for six years,
including a stint as mayor. He lost
a bid for a state Senate seat in
Musselwhite could not be reached for
comment by The Associated Press on
you have seen GINO (Governor In Name Only)
Sarah Palin's latest rant against those
horrible "bloggers" (May their tribe
increase). Here is the "real" story. This
"Photoshop" extravaganza first occurred last
week when David Letterman's mug was
photoshopped onto the picture. Not a peep
out of Palin. Today, a new face in the
picture and Palin is tilting at the "Windmils
of her mind"
Who is Eddie Burke, you ask? He is a rotund,
Palin worshipping, Rush Limbaugh wannabe,
right-wingnut radio talk show cretin. The
attached photos were taken on Tuesday
evening in Anchorage at a hearing on a
proposed ordinance adding Gays to the list
of persons who may not be discriminated
against. He testified against adoption of
the ordinance wearing the red shirt you see
here. Please note the misspelling of the
word "racist" This "mental midget" is
representative of Sarah's "Base".
The consensus among all of us is that Sarah
baby is trying to deflect interest in at
least three new ethics complaints that are
said to be hitting soon, plus an
investigation in the FBI/IRS pipeline,
and/or an attempt to draw attention away
from Gov. Sanford and to her. Where is Jerry
Springer when we need him. Stay tuned for
new developments as they happen.
why do Eddie Burke and people like him
think it necessary to wear a t-shirt
advertising who and what they are?
Usually their own words are more than
sufficient. The sad thing is that
Burke et al find it amusing.
June 25 - Since
I have declared this to be Do Something Nice for Someone
Else Dammit Day, this is something you might consider.
We're having a string of temperatures in the double
digits. It is killer hot.
Meals on Wheels has an emergency need of fans for
senior citizens who cannot afford to turn on their air
conditioning, and most of them don't even have air
conditioning. Please consider donating a new or a
gently used fan to Meals on Wheels. They will also
accept monetary donations to purchase fans.
I know times are tough, but a $15 fan can save a life.
Call Kristin at 281-633-7057 or email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org You folks from
foreign states can send a check.
If you want to save a life AND improve the world, write
"Vote Democratic" on the fan.
Last night I vented until I figured out what
bothers me. If Marc Sanford wants any
empathy, this weakling would get it from me
if he would just apologize to Bill Clinton
and what goes with that apology.
June 24 -
great marketing! Go get you one of these
now because this ain't going away. I've already
ordered mine. Click the picture and part with a
whole dollar for this one!
I watched the press conference and it was just flat
creepy. That guy is creepy. They should use
him as a mental health poster child.
This was an internet machine romance? Oh dude,
that's so creepy.
And best I can figure from his ramblings at the press
conference, he was real concerned that people not think
he lied to his staff and to reporters. Wait a
minute - you're getting your sausage smoked on a foreign
fire and you're worried about a little fibbing?
I also think he's pondering on what Jesus thinks he
should do. Good Lord, Sweet Jesus thinks you
should zip your damn pants and be with your kids on
way, it's Pele who advertises this
particular product, but maybe we need a new
Latin American spokesman.
And, it does give a whole new meaning to
Well, Susan, you can see how easy it
was for Gov. Sanford to get confused!
I mean, who wouldn't confuse the two
I'm sure he'll start blaming his
assistants for "misunderstanding" him
I hope his wife tosses his sorry @$$
out onto the Appalachian Trail!
You just can't make this stuff
June 24 - Okay,
so I go to lunch with my friend Sara and by the time I
get back, Mark Sanford has admitted to shredding a
couple of commandments and has resigned as head of the
Republican Governor's Association.
I cannot imagine why having unwed hoochy-koochy would
keep anyone from being head of the Republican Governor's
Association - in fact, I thought it was one of the
But then I read what has to be one of the damn weirdest
news stories ever put to words:
Sanford apologized at a press conference to his
family, and his staff at a press conference for "the
way that I let them down." He said he had a
conversation with his father-in-law a few weeks ago
about where "my heart was ... laying my cards on the
"There are moral
absolutes, God's law is indeed there to protect you
from yourself. There are consequences if you breach
that. This press conference is a consequence."
At first it was not
clear what Sanford was referencing.
"I've been unfaithful
to my wife and I've developed a relationship with
what stared as a dear, dear friend from Argentina,"
he finally said. The affair has been going on for a
year, he later explained.
that he is resigning as head of the Republican
"I spent the past
five days of my life crying in Argentina," he said,
"so I could come back and cry here."
Don't cry with me, Argentina?
The only question left is - what gender is the
It has long been my considered opinion that
Democrats tend to screw around on their
wives, and Republicans screw the rest of us.
I sense an attempt at a Republican
resurgence beginning, because it is evident
that they have adopted the Democratic mode
of operation as a means to regain control.
Problem is, they just don't have the right
plan. President Obama chose a different
path. Poor Republicans! A day late and a
dollar short....as usual!!
June 24 - I
still think it has to do with Barack
Obama being magic. How else can you explain
his possible Republican opponents dropping like spit off
a tall building?
So now, Governor Mark Sanford says he was in Argentina,
which is a tad south of the Appalachian Trail.
Maybe he gets his head together by standing on a balcony
and pretending to Eva Peron. Maybe he lost his
compass and wandered off. You'd think he'd notice
when he got along about the Panama Canal that this
wasn't Tennessee, but it was National Nude Hiking Day
and I can see how that could be distracting.
You know what's in Argentina? Cowboys and Nazis.
That's what in Argentina. And, personally, after
George Bush, I don't trust either one.
You know, if we women need to get our heads together,
we go into town to the spa. We turn off our cell
phones for a couple of hours and threaten the staff with
very poor tipping if they attempt to bring us a message
from anyone other than our children or our husbands,
both of them having been lectured of the possible
consequences of bothering us while we're at the spa
unless there's imminent death or a 30 minute sale on
Godiva dark chocolate.
After a couple of hours, we emerge at peace with God
and the world. Which is why South Carolina's next
Governor needs to be a woman.
it Republican leader Rush Limbaugh who
was caught not long ago coming back by
himself from the Dominican Republic or
some such foreign country, with a bunch
of illegal drugs in his possession, not
to mention an abundance of Viagra and
Sanford only did a Republican. I was
kind of hoping for something original,
but that's too much to ask from the
Party of No New ideas. I really don't
know how they can continue to talk
about family values and at the same time
destroy their own families, thinking
it's OK to simply ask forgiveness.
As this news conference continues on, he
went to Argentina with the knowledge of
his wife. The lies continue.
This is really too much. I wish so much
this isn't the GOP standard operating
procedure. How can they be so shameful
and shameless at the same time?
- Just in case you needed any additional proof that
I am one hot chick, the first 100 degree day comes
my birthday. It's official now.
And now it's becoming obvious why I have to
wait two weeks to get my birthday present. I
have the original iPhone, which is going to Little Bubba
when I upgrade from 8 gigs to 32.
My iPhone is the best toy I've ever had - even better
than Barbie or a pony. I am an ap fool. I
spend more money on iTunes than I do at the beauty shop.
(And the first fool who says, "Well, that's obvious,"
get a whack upside the head.)
June 22 -
Okay, I wanna tell you guys about something damn weird.
Waller County is right up the road from me.
Waller is battleground county with a sizeable African
American population due to a major black university in
Out of the clear blue, voters in Waller county got a
letter from the voter registrar. Click the little
one to see the big one.
And inside was legal-sized sheet of paper dated May 11,
2009. With the stated purpose of "to bring our
voter registration list up to date we would appreciate
your cooperation with the following request."
The first request is for your name.
Now, you would think they could get that off the front
of the envelope, but apparently there's a shocking
shortage of rocket scientists at the Waller County Voter
There follows 6 questions: 1. Precinct
(commissioner/voting) per your understanding How many people in Texas
know what commissioners precinct they live in? 6.
I counted. 2. Complete physical address in Waller
I'm just taking a stab at this, but probably where I'm
registered and where you got my name. 3. Complete mailing address Okay, so Waller is rural so
I might pick up my mail at the PO Box in town.
However, I had to provide my physical address when I
registered and that's how you got my name in the first
place. And you mailed this to me so you probably
have a pretty good guess what my mailing address is. 4. If you live on a FM, HWY, or dividing
line etc., we need to know which side of the road you
live on. Please draw a map or give us actual
directions pointing out any markers and or cross roads. Draw a map? Okay,
this is a joke, right? The government wants me to
draw a map to my house for them?
And, think about this: The minute I send this
back to the voter registrar, it becomes public record
and anybody has the right to see it. I'm not in
the habit of drawing maps to my house in bathroom stalls
or open government records.
However, just in case you're going to revoke my voter
registration if I don't send this back with a map,
here's mine. Have fun finding me. I'm pretty
sure I live in Commissioner Precinct 4.
And this is just out of personal curiosity, but is a
cross road a very grouchy street?
Now, along about now you readers are starting to think
that I'm making all this up. I ain't.
Here's a pdf of the
questionnaire in life-size living color.
There's more. 5. Please include a
phone number and or e-mail address for possible
questions. The voter registrar has
no right to my e-mail address or my phone number.
However, if you live in Waller county and need some help
in this delicate situation, every please feel free to
use my domain name and list yours as yourname@KissMyBigBlueButt.com.
You're very welcome. 6. Please
return this letter with your answers to the Waller
County Voter Registration 730 9th St Hempstead TX 77445
or fax it to XXX-XXX-XXXX
Your immediate attention to this matter would be
greatly appreciated. Thanks again for your help.
Here's my concern.
If somebody in Waller County got this, they are going
to think that they will be removed from the voter rolls
if they don't send this back. No where on this
questionnaire does it say that this is voluntary.
Secondly, are they going to remove voters who don't
answer the questionnaire? Are they going to remove
people who can't draw a map for the life of themselves?
Third, why are they spending taxpayer money to mail
this to every registered voter in Waller County?
Next they'll have to hire someone to input all this
information. Wouldn't it be cheaper and easier to
hire someone to go to those few rural addresses on a
precinct dividing line and figure it out? That
couldn't possibly take more than a day or two.
And, lastly, what are they going to do with all this
information? Is one political party going to get
all these email addresses and phone numbers, and hot
damn - maps!
If Thelma gets this questionnaire and doesn't know what
commissioner's precinct she lives in, she won't return
it for fear of looking dumb. Then she'll figure
they took her off the voting rolls and Thelma won't even
bother to go to the polls at the next election. We
need Thelma's vote in a battleground county.
If you know anyone in Waller County, call them and tell
them that whoever approved this sucker is three curls
short of a perm. And that all their tax money is
going to end up going for lawyers.
June 20 - A
car in front of me in Richmond this afternoon, just in
front of the library.
Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz.
All my friend drive Porsches, I must make amends.
I'm trying to decide if it's a very, very good Janis
Joplin joke, or a very bad religious thought.
Considering this is Richmond, I'm going with door #2.
I think Janis Joplin is giggling somewhere.
prayed to Lee Iococca, and found
this parked in my driveway the next
morning! It works!
Susan Baby, I'm of the opinion that
the owner/driver of the MB with the
vanity plate, "IPRAYED" hasn't a
clue who Janis Joplin is
and wouldn't believe it if someone
tried to explain JJ and the song
to them. Janis left us all to soon
but if laughter could bring her
back we could all have a helluva
I saw this this cartoon at
Jesus' General and thought you
might like it.
was inspired this morning by that
bumper sticker ... this is going on
- While he was a judge in Houston, Congressvarmint
Ted Poe was fond of making shoplifters stand in front of
the mall as part of their punishment, wearing a sandwich
board saying, "I am a shoplifter."
You will be happy to know that I am at work on a
sandwich board for him saying, "I am an ethics
violator." Click here for a PDF of the
$25,000 fine the Federal Election Commission just levied
on Poe for wildly under and over stating both his
contributions and expenditures for several years.
It appears Poe cannot book keep nor understand the
theory of money in and money out, which is a major shock
considering he's a rabid conservative.
No, wait, considering the mess the conservatives have
the country in, this is not a shock at all. In
fact, they shouldn't even fine him for it. It's
expected. It's kinda like blaming a blind man for
not being able to see.
Ted Poe: Serial Ethics Violator. Hold up
your sign, Ted.
...the job losses are
nearly double what Comptroller Susan Combs predicted
earlier this year.Combs revenue
estimate to the Legislature was predicated on 90,000
job losses by October of this year.The actual combined losses from January
through May hover around 170,000.
Think about that before you ever, ever vote for a
They lie so
much about the numbers. If they are
admitting to 7.1% then the real numbers are
easily double that. If you no longer file
because you've exhausted your benefits-you
are no longer counted as unemployed.
If you weren't working 40 hours a week you
are not considered eligible for benefits. If
you are working 3 part time minimum wage
jobs just to keep groceries on the table but
want full time employment, you're not
The local fishwrap here used to have 30-40
pages of help wanted ads in the Sunday
paper-now there's less than 10 and usually
only about 6 or 7. And this is in Austin.
A GOP senator said
Thursday he will use hearings on Sonia Sotomayor's
nomination to the Supreme Court to ask whether she
intends to be a justice "for all of us, or just for
some of us."
Yes, that GOP Senator was Texas' own John Cornyn.
Let's take count here. Since the formation of the
Supreme Court, we've had exactly two women and two
I guess we can't be having a female minority on the
court because that would roll the fairness wheel right
off the cliff.
Shuddup, Cornyn, I've only got about one nerve left and
you're getting all over it.
I think we
should give Sen. Cornyn the benefit of the
doubt on his question. After seeing the
recent crop of S.C justices he just wants to
be sure we can finally get one who believes
in justice for all.
The U.S. Supreme
Court said Thursday that a convicted rapist has no
constitutional right to test biological evidence
used at his trial in the state of Alaska years
earlier, leaving it to states to decide when
prisoners get access to genetic evidence that might
prove their innocence.
In a 5-4 vote, with
the conservative justices in the majority, the court
said it would not second-guess states or force them
routinely to look again at criminal convictions.
Okay, so now you have no constitutional right to all the
evidence that would prove you innocent.
So, Boys, you don't want to second guess Mississippi?
Or Florida, who can't even hold a proper election?
Or Texas, where we just wanna watch 'um die?
Good thinking. Not.
The firm that houses
two of the three former Senate majority leaders who
proposed a comprehensive health care compromise bill
on Wednesday has been paid hundreds of thousands of
dollars to lobby on behalf of key players in the
health care industry. In addition, the company that
presented those findings, the Bipartisan Policy
Center, counts as a major fundraiser one of the
country's largest pharmaceutical companies.
Former Sens. Tom
Daschle, Bob Dole and Howard Baker joined forces
this week to put out a health care plan 15 months in
the making. The three political gray beards, who
co-founded the Bipartisan Policy Center, called for
an approach to reform that included state-operated
public insurance options as well as individual and
employer mandates for coverage. Their proposal was
pitched as a bi-partisan effort at solving one of
the most complex legislative issue facing the
I have a question: why did we work hard and win this
election if we're just going to let Bob Dole and Howard
Baker run things?
Hell, those two boys could run things if we'd lost, so
why the hell did we work and do mailings and register
people and go to rallys and donate and organize and
phone bank and drive people to the polls and - dammit -
bother to vote.
June 18 - I
swear that Obama has some sort of magical powers.
I've been feeling a tad peeved at him lately over
health care and a few other things.
Then, like magic,
he gets George Bush to talk and remind me how
really, really bad it was.
Former President George
W. Bush fired a salvo at President Obama on
Wednesday, asserting his administration's
interrogation policies were within the law,
declaring the private sector -- not government --
will fix the economy and rejecting the
nationalization of health care.
George Bush was 8 years of a butt-kicking with me
supplying the butt.
Think about it: how bean dip mud fence ignorant
does somebody have to be to still believe in the private
sector? The mere fact that George Bush thinks he's
an expert on anydamnthing is proof that he's on drugs.
And not even good ones, at that.
I gotta figure out how Obama does that. Does he
just call Bush and Cheney on the phone and say, "Y'all,
look, Susan's a little hacked off at me so could one of
you say something?"
It's magic. I swear it it.
On G. W.'s magical powers ....
You gotta admit, John McCain and Sarah
Palin have the same effect…..
When Bush speaks, the world
so nice to have a smart POTUS again,
though I would have settled for one
that did not embarrass me after the
last 8 years.
Yeah, I feel the same way. Almost to the
point of knowing I don't reeeeally feel
honest about defending the policies so
far. All it takes though is the thought
of hearing yet again that all we need
is tax cuts for the top 2% which would
then generate so much tax revenue in the
next 2 and a half years that the deficit
would shrink to...
And I feel kind of OK again.
I'm tellin' ya, just relax.
Pres. Obama is a very smart
man....and every journey starts with
just a single step. We shouldn't
expect him to leap tall buildings in
a single bounce. Bush had eight
years to screw it up; Pres. Obama's
only been there since January. He
knows he can't run through like a
bull in a china shop.
June 17 -
One of my friends in Texas Congressional District 22
sent me this. The pickup was parked in a workplace
Keep it up, Rednecks. With your help, even in the
South, Obama has a 52% approval rating. I think
people seeing your bumper sticker bumped him up at least
3 percentage points.
If I say it's Christmas, you better go buy some little
twinkling lights, and I say that you should just keep
that dumb percolating, Mr. Bumpersticker. You're
gonna have yourself a big old heaping cup of backlash.
Mark my word.
That redneck probably thought his sticker
was pretty clever. Especially since that
town in Texas finally found their idiot
after eight long years.
Driving in to town this evening I saw an
interesting sign in the traffic island
usually occupied by newspaper vendors.
(Sorry, no picture) A small sandwich
board-looking outfit proclaimed "Ya Hoo Socialism."
This may have been left by some tory
teabagger who baked his brain in the sun,
but just maybe there are actual socialists
demonstrating in Clear Lake.
If this catches on, we may be in for
universal healthcare, a progressive tax
system, and an end to corporate kleptocracy.
"Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of
my marriage. It is the worst thing I have ever done
in my life."
-- Senator John Ensign
"I came to that conclusion recently, and frankly
it's because of what he has put the country through.
He has no credibility left."
-- Ensign, calling for Bill Clinton to resign
over the Lewinsky affair
Lessig got tired of just
thinking and writing, and after deciding not to run
for Congress he decided to try to clean it up from
ChangeCongress.org, is claiming its first "major
victory." In early June, Nelson backed off from his
comment that a public option for health insurance
was "a deal breaker" and let it be known that he
would not join any filibuster against the
president's health-care bill.
Go give it a read. It won't hurt your eyes at all.
We cannot fix this country until we fix campaign
finance. It is the simple most important issue we
have because everybody's for sale. Everybody.
June 17 - This
has nothing to do with politics, but I played with
HUNCH this morning
while waiting on hold. It's kinda fun. It
picked a perfect vacation spot for me - Monterrey
Peninsula, but didn't even come close on what fashion
designer I like. It did pick what Coen Brothers
films I like, but nose dived on what rock group I like.
If you are in the mood, it's a time sponge.
16 - Rosenberg's own
Bob's Taco Station
is going to be featured on the Food Network's
Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives at the end of the
month. I'm not sure which one Bob's is, but I can
you that more than one political deal has been shaken on
or hatched at Bob's.
In fact, I was at an official undercover cahooting
there today. Among the ponderings was whether or
not local Republicans have any idea what's headed their
way in 2010? Most of them are going to have to survive a Republican
in-house fight in the primary while I watch and hoot
laughing at them gnawing on each other's paws.
already getting excited about it. I adore watching
them eat their own and, God love 'um, they like having
an audience. But, meanwhile, I'll call for more
cahooting as long as Bob's keeps serving up some lunch
like this. I'm wondering where political deals are made in other
states. If you're even in town, ask me to take you to Bob's.
There tamales are the best but they had run out before I
got there today. So, whoever's hoggin' all the
tamales, quit it dammit.
June 16 - I've
been a little distracted because we're working on the
new Fort Bend Democrats Club website. It's not
ready for prime time yet. We're working out the
kinks this week, because, in the precious words of
Thelma, "It's still a tad kinky." One of the really cool things the website has is a
random rotating header. We have about a dozen
headers right now and are working on some higher quality
ones from our members who are far more talented at this
stuff than I am. But, if you want to see some Democrats in Fort Bend,
head over there
and take a gander. You can also check out what
local offices are up for election in 2010 and get
information about the webinars offered by the Texas
Democratic Party. Let me know if you encounter any problems.
You know, we need health care, there's still a war going
on, the economy is too painful to look at, and the
Republicans think the biggest problem in America is
David Letterman. Something is real wrong with
what's really sad about this story?
That an obviously late-fiftyish, early
sixtyish G.A.M.* still calls himself
here's a photo of one of Mr. DePass'
is called, appropriately enough, the
*Grown-A*s Man (please ask your momma to
forgive my language).
also running Gresham Barrett's campaign
Sure it's appalling that some ignorant
Republican compares First Lady Michelle
Obama to a monkey.
bigger news might be that you've found a
Republican that admits evolution is
June 15 -
Unless you've been under a rock, you've heard about this
Carolina GOP activist and former chairman of the
state elections commission Rusty DePass has
apologized for saying a gorilla that escaped from a
zoo was an "ancestor" of Michelle Obama.
After an aide to
state Attorney General Henry McMaster detailed the
escape of the gorilla from Columbia's Riverbanks
Zoo, DePass responded with a comment: "I'm sure it's
just one of Michelle's ancestors - probably
Well, Mr. DePass, let me assure you that Michelle
Obama's friends are not harmless. We are so mean
and spiteful that we will post pictures of your
Your parents, I believe.
14 - Caca del Toro like this always happens
during an election year.
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry knows that Texas
Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson is coming home
to run against him
To make himself look all "I Hate Obama" and "Kay's No
Sarah Palin", Perry rejected $550 million in federal
Now we're having to borrow from Obama.
Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas
officially became beholden to the Obama
administration this week, borrowing $160 million
from the government to keep the state’s unemployment
trust fund solvent — even after refusing to take
$550 million in federal stimulus dollars.
It's going to cost us $100 million for interest on the
bonds to re-pay the loan. Talk about cutting off
your nose to spite your face.
Rep. Mark Strama,
D-Austin, said the stimulus money would have
eliminated the need to borrow $550 million and would
have saved $100 million in interest payments on the
bonds. He said Perry should add the unemployment
insurance legislation to the call of an expected
special legislative session, but admitted that would
require “a pretty dramatic turnaround” of the
Rick Perry would spend $5 to save a penny, and I think
he just did. However, it was my stinkin' $5.
June 14 - In
case you missed it last night on Bill Maher, the next
time someone calls us Democrats a socialist, show them
- You mean everybody doesn't have a donkey
in their backyard?
Well, they should.
Bubba bought this from a local side-of-the-road
entrepreneur. My friend Kati spray painted it a
proper color and I grew a plant for it. It's
metal. It'll last forever. Bubba says it
wasn't a purchase; it was an investment.
It doesn't have a name yet and that's a shame.
That is a
fine looking yard donkey ya got there.
I propose naming him Jote (pronounced
Ho-Tee). Then he would be your Donkey
Jote! Just don't place him near any
Name your donkey Darcy.
to iTunes, find my fav Irish band
Gaelic Storm (who I get to see
tomorrow night, woo hoo!), and
download the tune Darcy's Donkey.
Well, if he was a jackass instead of
a donkey, you could name him Rush.
like the way you've ASSimilated him
into your decor.
June 13 - Just
so you know who has a bit of that thing called good
Here's our friend Liz Mitton, also known as the
Anonymous Verbal Bandit, at the Sugar Land Teabag
powwow, which one of my friends described as Disneyland
Minus Everybody Except Goofy.
Liz is giggling over Janet Napolitano's warning about
rightwing domestic terrorism.
And here's a cartoon today from Steve Benson ---
Janet 1, Liz 0.
Ya know, the doctor murderer and the museum guard
killer both considered themselves patriots, too.
Napolitano is vindicated. Mitton is still a
June 12 - As my
friends know, I have a bit of a crush on Paul Krugman.
Bubba says it's okay because the odds of me actually
running into Paul Krugman down at the bowling alley or
over at Junior Janochek's Fine Liquors and Bait Camp are
pretty slim. Bubba's willing to take the risk in
order not to start a rumor campaign that Paul Krugman is
in love with Ann Coulter and hates redheads.
Krugman did a fine piece of thinking and writing at the
same time on this one.
Yes, the worst terrorist
attack in our history was perpetrated by a foreign
conspiracy. But the second worst, the Oklahoma City
bombing, was perpetrated by an all-American lunatic.
Politicians and media organizations wind up such
people at their, and our, peril.
Give yourself a Friday treat
and go read the whole darn thing.
I've used that parallel countless times
since 9/11. Three major terrorist attacks in
the US in recent history, including the
parking lot bomb in the World Trade Center.
Two by Muslim terrorists, the one in between
by an All-American, former NRA member (he
quit because the NRA was too liberal), gun
show fanatic, anti-tax Republican
and decorated war vet whose knowledge of the
Constitution began and ended with the Second
Of course, the reply I got was a) a blank
stare or b) that McVeigh wasn't a terrorist
but just a lone nut. Either way it didn't
matter because all Muslims are terrorists in
their minds and white Americans just have a
couple bad apples.
the past two weeks, we have witnessed
two shootings by extremists -- the
murder of a doctor in his church and the
shooting yesterday at the Holocaust
Museum in Washington, D.C. In both
cases, the media were quick to defend
and absolve right-wing media from blame
in these events.
find this curious. When murder is
committed by a youth or young adult,
such as Columbine or the post-rave
shooting in Seattle a few years ago, the
media are quick to "examine" the music
and lifestyle of the killers.
often have we been warned about violent
mediums, such as music, video games and
television after youth violence, yet
when the killing is done by an extremist
from a right-wing view, we are quickly
told that there is no connection between
the violent act and the violent
incitement by Bill O'Rielly, Rush
Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage
and the like?
It's time to place the blame for the
incidents of the past two weeks squarely
where it belongs. Extreme right-wing
media are inciting violence against
society and trying to hide behind the
First Amendment of the Constitution.
These agents of hate do share the blame
for these murders, and it should be
reported as such.
David Winnie, Everett
We have grandchildren in Princeton, NJ. I go
to the Small World coffee shop every morning
that I can when we are visiting. By the
number of serious newspaper readers, the
nice mix of young and old, and the
distinctly academic nature of most of the
conversation (no, discourse) I overhear, I
have identified Small World as the most
likely place to run into Paul Krugman as he
downs his breakfast before riding into ECO
103 on a cloud accompanied by a chorus of
angels. So far, no luck. My son has proposed
that, against all that we know of PK and
project upon him, he could in fact be a
morning Diet Coke addict. I do not have a
crush on him but I do have a fantasy of
sitting close enough that he could hear our
conversation and, at some point, interrupt
to say, "Forgive me for eavesdropping, I
couldn't help, but that is a brilliant way
of viewing the health care policy and
unemployment. Do you mind giving me your
name so I may cite your comment in my next
column?" You will hear from me again if that
should ever happen.
Tom in Lake Jackson
June 12 -
Thanks to my friends Carl Whitmarsh and Zada True
Courage (yes, for you folks from outta state, that is
her real name. Very cool, huh? She's kinda
famous here in Texas.) I can bring you a morning laugh.
It was almost 140 degrees in Houston yesterday, so this
started making the rounds ----
YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN TEXAS IN JUNE WHEN. . .
The birds have to use potholders to pull worms out
of the ground.
The trees are whistling for the dogs.
The best parking place is determined by shade
instead of distance.
Hot water now comes out of both taps.
You can make sun tea instantly.
You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a pretty
good branding iron!
The temperature drops below 95 and you feel a little
You discover that in June it only takes 2 fingers to
steer your car.
You discover that you can get sunburned through your
You actually burn your hand opening the car door.
You break into a sweat the instant you step outside
at 7:30 a.m.
Your biggest bicycle wreck fear is, "What if I get
knocked out and end up lying on the pavement and
cook to death?"
You realize that asphalt has a liquid state.
The potatoes cook underground, so all you have to do
is pull one out and add butter, salt and pepper.
Farmers are feeding their chickens crushed ice to
keep them from laying boiled eggs.
The cows are giving evaporated milk. Ah, what a
place to call home.
And it don't even actually get hot here until the end of
June 11 -
Well, this certainly means more fun for me! It
appears that the Texas GOP is going to have a nasty
fight over who their Party Chairman will be.
One of the candidates to challenge Tina Benkiser is a
fella from right here in Fort Bend County named Mark
McCaig. He's the 26 year old founder of
It appears that, unlike the majority of us, he didn't
get over Ayn Rand by his junior year in high school.
His blog died.
I didn't even know it was sick.
McCaig is also a member of the State Republican
Executive Committee, and fancies himself
a wildly popular CNN commentator.
Also running is
Amarillo's pride, Tom Mechler.
"I have a new vision for
our party," Mechler said Tuesday. "We need to go
back to our conservative roots and explain to people
who we are and what we stand for."
Mechler is 52 years old and a member of the Texas Board
of Criminal Justice. Most importantly, he's from
Wasilla, Alaska, where they grow Crazzzzy Republicans.
He has proper Republican hair. That's a plus, for
This is gonna be fun what with all manner of finger
pointing, like this:
Smithee said he does not
have anything against [current GOP Texas Party Chair
Tina] Benkiser, but under her leadership "the state
party has made itself irrelevant."
Dude, I could be wrong about this, but I think that's
something against her. I dunno, maybe it's a
compliment in Republican circles nowadays.
have a new vision for our party,"
Mechler said Tuesday. "We need to go
back to our conservative roots and
explain to people who we are and what we
I have heard so many GOPers saying this same
thing ..... a *new vision *to go back to
their *conservative roots*? When did they
ever leave their conservative roots??? and
what is *new* in that vision?
Thanks to Good Republican
Senator John Cornyn, Texas has
secured first place in this
year's Senatorial Travel Expense
"Cornyn, a Republican,
racked up the highest travel
bill in the Senate by
spending more than $38,000
on a St. Michaels, Md.,
retreat for 59 staffers and
by taking expensive,
multicity charter flights
throughout his home state of
Just imagine how much of a lead
we could have if Cowboy John
wasn't so fiscally conservative.
- So, I'm internet machine-chatting with my friend
Ibis who has moved to Paris, France. I miss her a
Ibis and I were both listening to the news as we typed
to each other and are both shocked at the
shooting by a white supremist today at the Holocaust
I was listening to CNN and Ibis was listening to Fox
because Ibis likes to punish herself.
She suddenly becomes unglued, typing gibberish - which
is what she does when she can't jump up and down in
Some commentator on Fox had just said that this kind of
behavior "was expected" because of "having a black
I'm gonna flail the hail outta something.
So, it's Obama's fault that one of the rightwing goes
down to a public museum honoring those killed by Nazis
and starts shooting security guards?
No. No. No.
I, for one, did not expect this. I, for one,
believed that America is better than this. I, for
one, think having a black President is a good thing -
not a justification for violence.
I think the folks on Fox have a right to say whatever
they want to, as long as they are willing to accept the
consequences. They have a right to be wrong and to
be mean, but they do not have a right to justify
If you see smoke coming from the direction of Paris,
France, that's Ibis pitching herself a snot-nosed hissy
Just a comment, every time one says white
supremacist, it should be followed and
linked with terrorist, or domestic
terrorist. every, single time.
- Texas Republican Congreesvarmint Ted Poe is such a
He doesn't care if what he's saying is a discredited
lie. No siree, he's gonna say whatever it takes to
try to make President Obama look bad even if it's
Poe is trying to say that the Obama administration
closed only those Chrysler dealers
who contributed to Republicans.
A Southeast Texas
U.S. Congressman says Chrysler auto dealership
closings appear to be chosen based on what party a
dealership’s owner donated money to in the last
An Auto Task Force is
charged with deciding which dealerships should be
closed. U.S. Rep Ted Poe (R) is asking if political
donations played a part in closing 789 Chrysler
dealerships around the country.
“Did this group of
auto task force individuals discriminate against
Republican dealerships in Chrysler-style or in
Chicago-style paybacks? We don't know.
Yes, Ted, you ignorant slut,
we do, in fact, know.
What we do need to investigate, Ted, is how come Texas
Republican Congressmen are hoggin' all the stoopid.
And, trust me on this, "Chicago-style paybacks" ain't
got nothin' on Texas style good-ole-boyism.
morning I was looking for a GOP elephant
sticker that I want to put upside down
on my window. I went to the gop.com site
to see what they have, (nothing) and...
LOOK OUT! They're ready to change! New
GOP.com Underway! Or at least they
were three months ago.
of the Website section is really sad. A
whining plea for someone, somewhere to
come up with a little bit of creativity
and all it gets is 250 rants- with 240
of them by Don, who cuts and pastes
whole pages of birther claims and then
comments on his own posts.
course there's a blog, with two entries
since the original flurry of 8 in
wishing they could change, but still
believing, as John Healey once said,
that "Change belongs in your pocket."
Just to make it clear that I am not
the Don that Brian referenced as
posting gigabits of rancorous rant
material on the Repugnicant web site.
I looked at it, just to be sure it
wasn't me. I'm pretty sure that there
isn't any sane person monitoring that
site. Anyone who actually read some of
that stuff all the way through would
have to be stark raving mad -- either
before or after.
June 10 -
All the news about Fiat and Chrysler has me on
memory lane this morning.
My first car that I bought on my own, right out of
college, was a used 1965 Fiat 850 Spider convertible.
blue and the hottest little number you've ever seen.
It had the coolest little shiny chrome luggage rack on
My Aunt Jimmie, who was a damn near perfect aunt, loved
to tease me about my car. Even before I bought it,
when I was just thinking about buying it, she called it
my Fascist Limo. It was a used car, so she would
tease me that Mussolini's fingerprints were still on the
armrest and his pants were in the trunk.
The day I drove it over to her house for her to see,
she sat in the passenger's seat and told me that the
Italian writing on the dashboard was Italian for "Screw
Americans." I can still see her finger pointing to
the words and trying to keep a straight face. I
could never look at the dashboard again without
I drove that car for 6 years, but had to give it up
when pregnant with the second baby. I think I
still miss it. It was a pretty good car for a girl
with a wonderful aunt.
As the Republican
Party struggles to regain its footing following the
November elections, a new survey shows that a
majority of adult Americans sees no clear leader for
the minority political party.
Even more problematic
for the GOP is that one-third of Republicans hold an
unfavorable view of their party, according to the
USA Today/Gallup poll.
And then there's worse news ---
When it comes to
naming a “main person” who speaks for the GOP, 52
percent of Americans were unable to do so.
Among those who did
name a speaker for the GOP, 13 percent identified
conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, while 10
percent named former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and former House Speaker
Newt Gingrich were each named by 6 percent of
Americans in the poll.
Oh, please chubby old white guys who haven't had a new
idea since Elvis died, keep yammering on for the GOP.
And, by the way, keep spatting with each other, too.
That makes you look very adult.
Actor Jon Voight, serving as
emcee, opened the dinner with a
series of attacks on Obama,
"something that many Republican
leaders have been hesitant to do
in light of the president's high
approval ratings,'' Bloomberg
News notes. Gallup Polls taken
before and after the president's
trip to the Middle East and
Europe last week found his
public approval rating running
at 61 and 62 percent.
are becoming a weak nation,"
said Voight, calling Obama a
"false prophet." The nation, he
suggested, must be freed from
"this Obama oppression.''
think he did a better job as a male
prostitute in Midnight Cowboy than
he's doing as a Republican Whore
AUSTIN — Gov.
Rick Perry was
near his home in
the hills west
when he broke
his collar bone
in an accident.
caused Perry to
expected tour of
and South Padre
recovery and an
overhaul of the
Two questions: 1.
Did he muss his
hairdo and 2. Will
he try to ride a
June 9 - Here's
how this works in Fort Bend County and probably in your
The county judge, who is up for re-election this year,
does not want to raise taxes during tough economic
times, but he's given tax abatements to all his
corporate buddies and now he needs money to run all the
things he's expanded in county government.
With a failing real estate market, higher home
evaluations for the tax base aren't likely. Unless
The county judges
sends a loud and clear message to the Central
Appraisal District, where he also has some buddies, that
property valuations in Fort Bend County have - are you
ready for this? - gone up 10%. Ten percent.
He says this in March to give the CAD plenty of time to
make his dreams come true.
Damn! In one of them miracle type things, the
Central Appraisal District comes back and - you guessed
evaluations are up exactly 10%.
That means you pay more taxes because your property is
supposedly worth more even though it's really not.
But, the county judge can say that he didn't raise your
taxes. Phony real estate values raised your taxes.
That ties up the package very neatly. You get
screwed and only the Central Appraisal District - where
the members are appointed, not elected - is at fault.
So what does the CAD get in return for saving Hebert's
A new $6.4 million building. Fancy digs.
I ain't kidding you.
And everything would have gone along just fine if not
for one thing. Last November, Precinct 1 elected a
Democrat - not a good-ole-boy - to commissioner's court.
Democrats have watched this snuggling for 15 years and
we're mad enough to hit them on the head so hard that
they'll wear out bouncing.
Commissioner Richard Morrison is fire breathing mad.
Good on him. He's a speed bump on the road to
taking all your danged money.
There is one especially funny thing to this event.
After they raised evaluations up to 1,000% on some
folks, the CAD released photos of the long lines outside
their offices of people wanting to protest their
property evaluations ....
...and then they used this photo to justify the need for
a new building. No, I'm serious. They did
that. No, really; they did.
Let me get this straight: you treat us unfairly,
we show up to complain and you rob us while we're
waiting in line?
Dude, there just has to be something in the annals of
irony about this.
Hey CAD, don't over-evaluate people's property and then
they won't show up to protest and then you won't need a
bigger building. This ain't rocket science.
Hell, it ain't even government work.
Much as I like jumping on bandwagons,
I have to disagree with you this time
around. First off, we ought to be glad
that CAD officials (in my county, too)
are appointed and not elected. The last
thing I want is a politician determining
how much my house is worth. CAD
officials are deliberately insulated
from politics – as it should be. Their
job is to do a professional evaluation
of market conditions, not play political
favorites. My house right now is
appraised pretty much at what I bought
it for five years ago. Sounds about
right to me.
Second, the CAD is not saying individual
valuations are up 10%. It’s the total
value of all property in the county that
has risen. Much of that increase is
likely from new construction. We need
to worry if that increase comes to a
Finally, a point conservatives and
liberals alike in Texas hate to hear.
We are still a low tax, minimal
government state. Texas citizens still
pay the lowest per capita total tax
burden of any of the fifty states. Dead
last. And it shows in the generally
miserly level of government services we
It’s our reliance on property taxes for
education that is the problem, not our
tax burden. But taxes are an obligation
of citizenship. My wife and I paid a
total of more $30,000 in income and
property taxes last year – and I don’t
begrudge a dime of it. And I sure don’t
want to hand Republicans an issue by
complaining about taxes. Next thing you
know, they’ll think I’m a teabagger.
Note from Susan -
I agree with much of what you said.
However, CAD board members are appointed
by the taxing authorities. It's a
simple way to pass the buck - each
taxing authority gets their own person,
but in small Texas counties, that means
the art of backscratching becomes an
Olympic event. If I'm a taxing
authority, I am not going to appoint
someone who won't cover my butt when
You are correct that individual
evaluations are not all up by 10%.
Not all neighborhoods were re-valued.
However, those that were got hit hard
with far more than 10%. New
construction has slowed dramatically in
Fort Bend. I am grateful for that.
Being a bleeding heart liberal, I do not
begrudge taxes either. I do have
some stipulations: Taxes should be
fair and equable. When I pay more
taxes than the President of Halliburton,
I get mad. Second, wasting tax
money, which is the case with the new
CAD building, is the same as stealing.
I am not complaining about taxes.
I am complaining about Republicans do
with them once they get them.
When are people going to figure out
Property Taxes are the original Voodoo
June 8 - Some
people watch teevee. Some people watch sunsets.
Some people watch their weight. My friend Alfredo
watches the Supreme Court. That's good for us
because he sends a heads-up when necessary.
The Supremes have ruled that buying your buddy a seat
on the State Supreme Court with campaign contributions
violates due process.
Alfredo sardonically asks, "Can the Texas judicial
I doubt it. Here's the decision in pdf
format for those of you who like to read Latin or
have a writ twit attack.
Meanwhile, here's the important part ---
a West Virginia jury found respondents, a coal
company and its affiliates (hereinafter Massey),
liable for fraudulent misrepresentation,
concealment, and tortuous interference with existing
contractual relations and awarded petitioners
(hereinafter Caperton) $50 million in damages, West
Virginia held its 2004 judicial elections. Knowing
the State Supreme Court of Appeals would consider
the appeal, Don Blankenship, Massey’s chairman and
principal officer, supported Brent Benjamin rather
than the incumbent justice seeking reelection. His
$3 million in contributions exceeded the total
amount spent by all other Benjamin supporters and by
Benjamin’s own committee. Benjamin won by fewer than
50,000 votes. Before Massey filed its appeal,
Caperton moved to disqualify now-Justice Benjamin
under the Due Process Clause and the State’s Code of
Judicial Conduct, based on the conflict caused by
Blankenship’s campaign involvement. Justice Benjamin
denied the motion, indicating that he found nothing
showing bias for or against any litigant. The court
then reversed the $50 million verdict. During the
rehearing process, Justice Benjamin refused twice
more to recuse himself, and the court once again
re-versed the jury verdict. Four months later,
Justice Benjamin filed a concurring opinion,
defending the court’s opinion and his recusal
Oh, my goodness, you mean
that Bob Perry can't buy the Supreme Court any more?
Sarah Palin’s on-again,
off-again appearance at Monday night’s gala GOP
dinner is off — again.
The reason given for the
snub, said a Palin aide, was that NRCC Chairman Pete
Sessions was concerned about not wanting to upstage
former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the fundraising
gala’s keynote speaker.
It appears that the Sarah snub is just the beginning
of a catfight between the two biggest prissy witches
of the GOP - Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.
Treat yourself to reading the whole article, and
understand why tea parties are the only thing
Republicans can manage right now.
Hey, thank God they're still not trying to come up with
solutions for this country. We spent the last
8 years seeing how un-well they do at that!
June 8 - Hot
time, summer in the city, back of my neck is gettin' hot
Ho boy, we're in for some
summertime free entertainment. The angry white
people, who are feeling so put-upon because there's
actually some empty seats at the back of the bus, are
planning more tea parties in Texas.
Joe Shehan hopes the
Tax Day Tea Parties — when taxpayers nationwide
gathered to protest taxes, federal bailouts and big
government — were just the beginning.
The next step, he
hopes, is America’s Awakening, a gathering planned
for Thursday at the NYTEX Sports Complex in North
To add a little proper distastefulness to this whole
thing, they're calling it the 912 Project because ...
well, hell, because they haven't exploited the victims
of 911 quite enough yet.
Shehan said the 912
Project Fort Worth, a grassroots effort based on
talk show host Glenn Beck’s 9-12 Project, is a
nonpartisan group created recently to continue this
effort. The name is based on nine principles, such
as America is good, and 12 values, such as honesty,
reverence and hope. It also reflects the national
unity that occurred the day after 9-11.
America is good? I mean, they have to say that out
loud to remind themselves? Now, I hate to be mean,
but that's just dumb. If you gotta run around
hollering that America is good, then you probably don't
truly believe it.
And they are non-partisan? Uh huh, Sweetie, they
State Rep. Leo Berman, a
former Arlington mayor pro tem, will be the featured
speaker. Berman, R-Tyler, was among the lawmakers
this year pushing a sovereignty resolution.
Oh yeah, you're gonna find a whole lot of Democrats who
want to secede and start a civil war because there's a
black man in the White House. I bet there's a mess
of Democrats who woke up the day after the election and
said, "Holy crap! You mean he's black? Damn.
I didn't know that. Well, we just gotta secede.
Somebody call Leo Burman and tell him that all is
Steve Maxwell, the Tarrant County Democratic Chair is
one cool guy. He says --
"This is a bunch of
. . . nuts who are not doing this country any good,
standing up there in the way of getting the
country’s economic status corrected and getting our
people back to work," Maxwell said. "They should go
out there and demonstrate and have a great time.
"But I would prefer
they come up with some constructive ideas to get
this crisis under control and get our people back to
Where the hell were all these angry people when George
Bush and Alberto Gonzales were pouring milk over the
constitution and eating it for breakfast? Where
the hell were they when George Bush and Dick Cheney were
stealing this country blind and running it off a
financial cliff? Listening to Glenn Beck, you say?
Finding a whiter guy than Leo Berman? Sitting on
their butts listening to accordion music?
Anyway, I have some wonderful pictures like the one above
that were taken at the last tea party in Sugar Land.
I'm looking forward to using them.
June 7 - If you
ever want to feel very sanctimonious and
self-satisfied, just remember that Newt Gingrich (a
serial adulterer), Ollie North (a guy who overtly
committed treason), and Mike Huckabee (who is just
goofy) all say
you're just not Christian enough ----
On Friday, Newt
Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Oliver North visited
Rock Church in Hampton Roads, Virginia to give a
three-hour long lecture on “Rediscovering God in
America.” The speakers warned the audience about the
“continuing availability of abortion, the spread of
gay rights, and attempts to remove religion from
American public life and school history books.” The
reported that Gingrich argued that, while
Christianity is the foundation of American
citizenship, Americans are experiencing a period
where they are being “surrounded by paganism”:
Newt is about one hallelujah away from foot washin' and
So if I believe that government should stay out of my
bedroom, nobody should be able to forcibly tell my
children what God they must pray to, and that gays are
human, then I'm a pagan?
Oh hell, I was hoping he'd go for wicked witch or
smoldering harlot or Pharisee sympathizer. Pagan
just seems oh so 1980's and Stonehenge.
Come on, Newt, you can do better than that. If
you're going to call me names because I believe in the
Constitution, come up with a better one than pagan.
I kinda liked it when you were calling me a socialist.
Why did you quit that one? It wasn't scaring
Christian enough" is churchspeak for
"You don't totally agree with every
single word I say", and is precisely
why I've pretty much given up
pursuing that religion. One of my
kids this year asked me if I
was Christian and I told her "no,
not really". You would have thought
I had shot her puppy! She was
totally shocked. Hey, don't ask the
question if you're not prepared for
the answer. Don't get me wrong,
there are some great ideas in
Christianity, but if you have to
throw out all the billions of people
in the world that don't believe that
way and then say "they are all going
to hell", well, that's not the
religion I'm looking for.
area I live in is crazy. There are
9, count 'em, 9 churches within 2
miles of my house. Every time
someone gets mad at someone else
they take their tithes and go build
their own place. Pretty soon
everyone around here is going to to
have their own individual place to
am not really looking at religion
anymore, but looking more at my own
spirituality, which is so much
harder to pin down and define. And,
I like it that way!
Shoot, most every body I care a flip
about feels the same way as James -
regardless of having been "fetched
up" going to church every Sunday -
plus some more. All good,
spiritually mature folks - just sick
of the holier-than-thous such as
Newt and Sarah and Beck, to
name just a few. Yechhhhh!
Palin's speech delivered in Anchorage on Wednesday
-- the one in which she declared "screw political
correctness" and wondered why "we have to pussyfoot
around our troublesome foes" -- repeatedly lifted
from an article written four years ago by Newt
Gingrich and Craig Shirley without attribution.
While Palin twice
mentioned Gingrich in the speech (she never
acknowledged Shirley), she frequently mixed her
own remarks about Reagan with passages that
appear to be pulled directly from the
And maybe Ann Coulter is Dick Cheney is a skinny
This could make for some fun on the campaign trail.
I see that Caribou Barbie visited my old
stomping grounds, upstate New York, this
weekend for founder?s day in Auburn New
York, home to William Seward and Harriet
Tubman. Both were eminent abolitionists.
Seward was a two-term N.Y. governor and
rival to Lincoln for the 1860 Republican
nomination. He travelled west to campaign
for Lincoln and became Lincoln?s Secretary
of State. According to Doris Kearns Goodwin,
Seward thought Lincoln a lightweight and
expected to wield great power from this
post, but soon revised his opinion and
became a valued confidant and advisor. If
only modern Republicans could drop their
sore loser act and make themselves useful
June 5 - Okay,
so here's the deal why Texas Democrats should run
somebody tough for Governor. I continue to be
totally unconvinced that Kay Bailey Hutchison is going
to be the GOP nominee.
I know that Rick Perry is nuttier than squirrel poop,
but the pubbies love him. A lot.
Harvey Kronberg this morning, the Republicans are in
a dead heat over Rick and Kay. The battle of the
hairdos is tight.
anticipation of the possible 2010 March Republican
primary between incumbent Governor Rick Perry and
Senate Kay Bailey Hutchison, their job approval
scores are virtually identical among self-identified
Republican primary voters, Republican voter
subgroups by ideology, and even regular “Rush
Limbaugh” talk radio show listeners.
If we end up with Rick as the GOP nominee and then don't
have a strong candidate to whip him, I'm gonna be real
mad at some Texas Democrats. That's a promise.
There will be name calling.
June 3 - Texas
Governor Rick Perry just can't seem to leave secession
ideas and drug addicts alone.
Yes, he did say God Bless Rush Limbaugh. Remember
why Rush wanted to move to Texas? Secession and
drugs from Mexico.
I just threw up a little bit in my mouth. We
have got to get rid of the fake tan
Stephanie up in Arlington
Houston could whip both their butts with
both hands tied behind his back.
old Texas saying fits here: Git a rope! On
second thought, make that *two* ropes.
Could you ever have believed that Kay Baby
Hutchison would look good?
Gov. call Limbaugh an "honorary" or an
"ornery" Texan? He compared him to Sam
Houston, who was kinda ornery on occasion...
and well-known by his Cherokee moniker, "Big
Drunk". Maybe we need a good Cherokee name
for Rush -- like... oh... "Big Oxy-moron"?
June 3 - Okay,
so we exterminated the mail box. Newt Gingrich's
been there. Eck! I found a snake in our
mailbox once, which was a far more pleasant experience
than finding Newt there.
Okay, this says "Hon. Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the
In a pig's eye! I worked my rump off to keep Newt
Gingrich from being Speaker of the House. Notice
that in small letters underneath, it says (1995-1999).
Heckfire, I've got record albums that age.
I know for a fact that Nancy Pelosi ain't sharing her
House, or anything else for that matter, with Newt.
So, you're asking yourself, "What is Newt doing in
It wasn't to offer to help with the housekeeping or
clean the tops of my ceiling fans or anything else Newt
might possibly be useful for.
Newt has the unmitigated gall to lecture me about God.
for pete's sake. And Newt.
It starts off -- (you
know the drill, click the little one to get the big
I'm sending you this enclosed "Citizen's Survey" today
because I've been told that you are an American who
agrees with me that God should not be driven from the
The Founding Fathers wanted it that way, too.
Yet for the last 50 years, ACLU lawyers and left-wing
judges have been outlawing God in our culture."
Huh? What you say?
First off, Newt, my God is way too big to be driven
from anywhere. I'm sorry that your God is
subservient to writ twits. Maybe you should get a
Second off, I haven't been married three times, served
divorce papers on my spouse while they were in the
hospital with cancer, or boinked my secretary. If
I wanna know about God, you'd be the last Pharisee I'd
Newt's letter goes on for 7 darned pages. Honey,
Newt keeps talking but he ain't saying nothing.
It appears that my "invitation" is to take a survey and
then send Newt some money so he can send me a DVD.
Heck, I've been to more exciting Tupperware parties.
So, here's the front of the survey - click it to read
Yeah, it is as cheap and sleazy as it looks. And
you open it up to take the 4 question survey.
not any questions you'd have to study-up on, so I
suspect that Newt thinks I'm pretty stoopid. I
mean, the last two - "Have you ever visited Washington,
DeeCee?" and "Would you like to receive
information about other conservative documentaries from
Citizens United Productions?" - seem kind dumb.
And the best I can figure from the form, you gotta send
them $35 or they frankly don't care what you think or
even if you've ever been to DeeCee. How's that for
So, if you see Newt, tell him to stay the fool
tarnation outta my mailbox and it wouldn't hurt my
feelings at all if he'd stay outta my politics, too.
We done threw him out once and it seems unnecessarily
time consuming to have to do it again. But, if we
need to do it again, I'll lead the parade.
got a Rediscovering Marriage in America
Citizen Survey to send back to Newt:
you received this letter, did you
realize that wedding vows typically read
, take you, (fill in name here)
to be my wife,
to have and to hold
from this day forward;
for better, for worse,
for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,
to love and to cherish,
till death us do part,
according to God's holy law.
In the presence of God I make this
you received this letter, did you
realize that the seventh of the Ten
Commandments is "Thou Shalt not
Commit Adultery" and tenth is "Thou
Shalt not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife"?
you ever visited a spouse in the
hospital and served him/her with divorce
you like to receive information about
honoring your vows?
please fill out this form:
YES! I agree that I must have your
video REDISCOVERING MARRIAGE IN AMERICA
to help save this institution.
enclose a check made out to the Saving
Marriage in America Foundation.
suggested that you contribute according
to past digressions:
Pioneer Level - For those who have never
been married or are still working on
their first marriage
Two Timer Level - The name says it all
Sanctimonious Level - Saying one thing
and doing another is not good in God's
Are you aware of the fact that in the
Catholic Church, just like in America, a
convert (naturalized citizen) cannot
become Pope (President)? The reasoning
is that converts are too zealous.
How that explains Pope Benny, I have no
idea. But it sure as hell explains the
holier-than-thou Newtie. The man can
just not be embarassed.
Oh, and he is violating the rules of
etiquette by referring to himself as
"Speaker" Gingrich. There is only ONE
Speaker and her name is Pelosi. Newtie
is properly titled "Mr." Or, "Your
I must admit that the image of you
fumigating a mailbox is priceless, but
while you were doing so you missed Gov.
"Good Hair" Perry's latest. It seems
that the Guv has made Rush Limbaugh an
"Honorary Texan"! Gag, retch, hurl!!!!
My precious grandchildren and three sons
live in Austin, Heck, so does my ex. I
divorced him but I still like the guy.
Is no place safe from these moronic
turdblossoms? We need to seriously
channel Molly Ivins and Ann Richards and
go after these thugs.
Two Fort Bend County
industrial plants reported unusual discharges of air
pollution last week, according to the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality.
Nalco Holding Co.’s
Sugar Land plant, on U.S. 90A near State Highway 6,
reported that the liner inside a storage tank caught
fire on Thursday during a “welding project” on the
“man way” of the tank.
The resulting fire
created a “smoke cloud” for no longer than five
minutes, the company reported to TCEQ.
and then .....
610-megawatt Unit 6 at the W.A. Parish Electric
Generating Station near Thompsons discharged opacity
emissions for 18 minutes on May 25, at up to 93%
opacity. The unit’s permit allows for 10% opacity.
This is the fifth
"emission event" reported at the Parish plant since
April 11. It's becoming more of a habit than an
June 2 - My
running buddy Judy is eating her way through the deep
south just like I did last fall. This came today
from Natchez, Mississippi.
She claims it's Fat Mama's Tamale House. She gets
bragging rights for this picture from Fat Mama's ---
I need me one of those!
1 - Some of you have been following our story on
West Texas Republican Congressman "Captain" Randy
Neugebauer's wanting to use his campaign contributions
to rent his own yacht. He wants to pay for his
Washington DeeCee yacht with campaign contributions, and
this is the way he's going to try to finagle it.
Well, the draft opinion is in and here's
a copy of it in PDF format for your reading
In case you left your reading glasses at home or you've
been listening to Kanye West, here the jest of it"
It says that
the use of the boat is an in-kind contribution to
Neugebauer by the Texas LLC that owns it, so that
the campaign can only use $2,400 of the boat's time
without making an illegal contribution to Neugebauer.
That's not the result Neugebauer wanted.
On theother hand, the FEC says that the LLC can rent
out the boat for fair market value - so Neugebauer's
leadership PAC can rent it for fundraisers and
Neugebauer can put money in his own pocket.
What a deal!
So, if you've been thinking about running for Congress
just to get yourself a yacht, it can be done.
Candidate Junior Janochek, Jr., at the Brazos River
Yacht Club and Bait Camp.
June 1 - The
religious right is back in the news. First for
getting their dude rejected as
head of the State Board of Education, and now for
their role in the slaying of an abortion doctor.
So, the email just keeps on coming ---
I wonder if Rick the Hairdo
would consider appointing me to
the State School Board of
There are plenty of
right-thinking folks out there
that have issues with the theory
of evolution. That's not news.
What we need is equal
reprsenttion for- those of us
who don't par-tick-you-lair-lee
cotton to Herr Einstein's wacky
theory of gravity.
even have photographic evidence
to back up my skepticism.
thank you for having the courage to stand up
against the religious right. They
shoot people. Get a Kevlar bra!
June 1 - Those
of you who have been around for a while know that June
is my favorite month after November (when I travel) and
December (I flat love Christmas) and October (baseball
playoffs), which places June in the top tier of my
June means flip-flops, swimming pools, the beach, and
Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Also, I have a birthday this month so start shopping.
Size 7 1/2. Flip Flops. Shiny.
June is also a month when most politicians behave
because you gotta get done what you gotta get done
before hurricane and heat season.
Let's start off the month with a cartoon.
I want to be honest with you. I like Judge
Sotomayor plenty. I think her story is grand and I
stand of awe of it. I wear my ta-tas a little
higher because of women like Judge Sotomayor.
However, she's not liberal enough for me. She
certainly is not as liberal as the judge she is
replacing. With the far, far rightwing tilt of the
court, I think we need a fire breathing liberal on the
court to start balancing that sucker. I think her
opinions on the rights of defendants are not in keeping
with the fine liberal ideas of the framers of the
I am also concerned about her position on
An analysis of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's
most recent appeals court decisions shows that
nearly every time, she voted AGAINST people who were
claiming illegal discrimination, according to a
lawyer who appears frequently before the U.S.
The analysis, done by DC lawyer Tom Goldstein for
his legal website SCOTUSblog, looked at her court's
50 most recent cases involving the issue of race. He
found that the three-judge panels on which she
participated upheld claims of discrimination only
three times. In 45 other cases, the discrimination
claims were rejected. Each time, the judges --
including her -- were unanimous. And the three
panels that upheld discrimination claims included at
least one Republican-appointed judge.
DeLay add that "in my
mind" Sotomayor is not qualified for a seat at the
"She's an activist,"
he said. "She's a judicial activist, and I've worked
my entire career against judicial activism. And if
Obama -- Obama couldn't have appointed a more
activist judge, and, therefore, I don't think she's
qualified. I don't want somebody writing law from
No, Tom, you've worked your entire career to enrich
yourself, Honey. Besides, Babe, I have a better
than you do.
So, even though she's not liberal enough for me, I do
not think Judge Sotomayor should apologize or backup on
the statements she made that has the far rightwing all
aghast with phony outrage and charges of racism.
If you read her entire speech, which I have, the only
thing she might apologize for is using thoughts,
language and ideas far above the comprehension of dufus
right. The entirety of her speech, not the 30
second sound bite the right can understand, is
Hi Susan -
I'm not happy with Sotomayor either. If Roe
v Wade or any variation of it comes before
the court, she's going to side with the
right-wingers. I'd bet money on it.
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.