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- On October 30th, the second to last day of early
voting, Fort Bend Democrats will be feverishly knocking
on doors and ringing telephone lines to turn out the
vote for change. On the same day, Fort Bend Republicans
will be.....wait for it......
wait for it......
ON THE GOLF COURSE, OF
However, in all fairness, here's their candidates ----
They do, in fact, look like the golf team from Shady
Lanes Retirement Village and Get Off My Lawn You Damn
Kids Rotary Club.
I'm not sure which calendar your local
Republicans are using, but mine says the
30th is a Thursday.
They probably also think the election is
on November 7th. Let's not do anything
to disabuse them of that notion.
Ann Arbor, MI
September 29 -
Okay, I have some interesting numbers for you that
were given to me yesterday.
At the March primary this year, Fort Bend County had
245,414 voters. Last numbers I saw, we had 289,000
voters. That's an increase of 43,500 voters.
These is either first time or new voters to the county.
Look at it this way, almost a fifth of the voters in
Fort Bend County this November will be either first time
or new voters. That's unbelievable.
Something is happening that the polls aren't showing.
I'm convinced of it.
One other thing, Colorado County - just north of here
and very rural - went in with us to buy Obama yard signs
so we could get a better price on them. Less than
a week later, they called and asked if they could get
Colorado County. Obama signs. I keep
thinking I just dreamed that. I didn't.
September 29 -
Okay, I promised you pictures of the Fair Booth that
some of you donated to fund.
First the Republican booth, which followed the same
float - Dispirited.
They're having trouble staffing it. It's small,
no design, just yard signs and campaign materials for
fluffy white boys tossed haphazardly about. Kinda
like their idea of government.
They get two grumpy old guys to sit behind the table.
We, on the other hand, got a doublewide booth this year
divided it into three sections - one to register voters,
one to sell tee-shirts and caps, and one to have your
picture taken with Barack Obama.
It takes a team of three people to staff it and we
haven't had any problems doing that. Here's a Fort
Bend Democrat at the booth before the Fair opens -
raring to go!
And, we also had live music at our both, with
Hollan (in the back), our candidate for the 434th
District Court, playing some great
We're registering about 50 people a day and having a
ball doing it.
I also wanted to show you our big banner on the side of
the booth. We invited a few dollars in this sign
but felt it was a good investment for 4 years from now!
Thank you all for your support at this year's county
fair. We couldn't have done it without you!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I must be dreaming. It
looks wonderful and music to boot. I'll
bet the Elephants feel like they are
being stampeded by a herd of wild
- All give some, some give .... a fractured hand.
Yeah, y'all, it's Bubba.
Fell yesterday afternoon and fractured his hand while
our 4' by 4' Obama signs.
Wasn't even drinkin'. Bubba ain't had a drink in
27 years, which, by the way, kinda explains why he's a
little cranky all the time.
He and Charles were on the eastside of the county and
they didn't want to come back home until they finished,
so the fools put out three more signs after Bubba
fractured his hand.
No, I'm serious. They kept putting up Obama
signs. That ain't sane.
I looked it up.
The good news is that, with time, Bubba's hand will be
fine. The bad news is that even with time there's nobody
around here who is gonna let Bubba forget that he's
getting too old to be doing this stuff, and when you
fracture your hand, you fool, you get to quit for an
hour or two.
I tried like the dickens to get Bubba to come up with a
better cover story than, "I fell down." I mean,
the least he could do is say, "That damn old Pete Olson
The doctor gave Bubba some happy-go-lucky pills so he's
feeling a tad less cranky than usual this morning.
Now, look, here's the deal: Ole Bubba is gonna
take a hellva lot of teasing about this incident for
many years to come. Please don't make it worse by
having Obama lose Texas. Like I said, Bubba is
cranky enough already.
Bubba's friends can call him at the office today or
send him an email. He won't be sending many emails
himself for a while, which I'm sure is a great relief to
many a rightwinger, but he will enjoy the "How many
lawyers does it take to put up an Obama sign?" jokes.
Both of them were too nice to show the Republican float,
with the theme of "Dispirited," but I will show the most
telling thing. Their county chairman, Rick Miller,
wouldn't even ride on their float with them. He
had his own car ---
That's plenty sad.
I'll have pictures of the Fair booth later.
- I was darned proud of my Democratic Club in the
belly of the beast kicking off this weekend. We
kept two headquarters open, functioning, and productive.
We entered a fine-looking float in the county fair
parade yesterday for all our candidates to ride on and
be seen. I'm talking fine-looking here, Folks.
Then we hosted a reception after the parade.
We paid for, decorated dandily, and opened a
double-wide booth at the
County Fair to promote all our candidates from the
courthouse to the White House, register voters, persuade
people to vote Democratic, and give away Barack Obama
wristbands starting last night and running all week
long. We put the pitiful one-space undecorated
Republican booth to shame. Shame, I'm telling you.
They performed about as poorly as John McCain.
We put up about 30 of the 4 foot by 4 foot Obama signs
all over the county, and will do another 20 today.
We registered voters at the local community college.
We hosted two debate-watch parties to packed houses
with lots of brand new folks showing up. We fed
them hot dogs and apple pie, and everybody driving by
the main street headquarters saw a former car dealership
room full of Obamaians cheering for new leadership.
We also gave Bubba a birthday party before the debate.
And, most importantly, we sold out of pink Barack Obama
I'll have pictures by tomorrow. But, if you want
to help be a part of all this excitement ...
you know what to do.
Is it just me or is John McCain a grumpy old man who
won't look you in the eye when he's throwing rocks at
you? And, Good Lord, even his pen was old.
I guess it's not just me.
And thank to Alfredo for the heads-up on
the GOP bailout plan. Buncha clowns. No,
really, a bunch of damn clowns.
worked at Saturday Night Live and had to construct a
parody of what Republican wing nuts might come up
with as a solution to the current financial crisis,
you simply couldn't do better than the loopy plan
served up by House Republicans this week.
Capitol Hill sources are
telling me that senior McCain people are more than
concerned about Palin. The campaign has held a mock
debate and a mock press conference; both are being
described as "disastrous." One senior McCain aide
was quoted as saying, "What are we going to do?" The
McCain people want to move this first debate to some
later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on
the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is
Now, there are those who are suggesting that the GOPpers
are just trying to lower the bar and keep expectations
down for the Veep debate. I'm sorry, Honey, but
you can't go lower than a snake's belly.
- Y'all, this is such a coincidence!
Two things happened today and I thought would never
happen - Momma got electricity and John McCain decided
So, Momma called me about five minutes ago and said,
"Baby Girl, I got electricity! Now I can watch
John McCain not debate tonight!" I let her know
that McCain changed his mind and decided to debate.
Momma pondered for a minute and replied, "I've been
waiting for electricity for two weeks for THAT?"
I thought that was pretty funny.
And the Fort Bend County Fair Parade was today.
Fort Bend Democrats had a float designed by the lovely
and charming Wanda Harris and built by Wanda and
Goofy here forgot her camera, but I got a shot with my
Hal brought his camera and I'll let you know when he
gets his pictures posted.
September 25 -
Okay, so I saw
Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin and one
thing just hit me upside the head: Palin says that
the comment about seeing Russia from her doorstep gives
her foreign policy experience because, and I'm quoting
here, "our next door neighbors are foreign counties."
Well, listen up, Honey. So are mine.
I've got Mexico on the South and Louisiana on the East.
And let me tell you something, Lake Charles is far more
foreign than Vancouver.
And if Palin is right, that makes my friend Connie in
Del Rio a real foreign policy expert, although Connie
once tired to convince me that Margarita was the capital
of Santa Fe.
Not only did she expand on "you can see
Russia from the Alaska coast" as a foreign
policy cred, she added seeing imaginary
fighter planes which according to her logic
gives her imaginary military experience.
BTW, I can see the fire station from my
house. I'm sure this means I'm first on
your list to call if your house goes up in
- Okay, I'm not going to try to lie.
Yesterday, I got to spend the day with someone I love
and adore and don't get to see near often enough, so I
left my cell phone in my top desk drawer and took off to
spend the day with her. We didn't turn on the
radio or hear the news all day long.
Then we get home and stand around looking at each other
saying, "Huh? What? Wait, wait, something's
not right here. You can't call Time Out in the
middle of the most important campaign in our lifetimes.
We must have missed something real important."
Come to find out, we didn't miss diddle squat.
John McCain is whacked. And coming in at the end
of his trip into Wonderland didn't matter much because
everything else was pre-programmed by the Mad Hatter and
we've already read that book.
No, y'all, something ain't ticking right in McCain's
thinker assembly. The poor dear man has it floored
I mean, war hero stuff aside, you can't elect dotty
Uncle Pete and Thelma from over at the pool hall as
President and Vice President of this country. I
mean, as much as you might like them and find them very
entertaining in that "what the dickens are they going to
do next?" kind of way, you just can't elect them to run
the free world. Or, what's left of it after you
voted for Bobby Joe over at the bait camp four years
it about Republicans not showing up and
being accountable for their actions?
Whether it's Karl Rove, Roberto
Gonzales or Harriet Miers, there seems
to be a concerted effort to keep the
citizenry in the dark about their roles
in this morally bankrupt
administration. Now we have John McCain
joining the act by being AWOL for the
presidential debate on Friday. Mr.
Deregulation might not be ready to have
the bright lights shine on his
complicity in this financial meltdown.
could he's running low on funds and
couldn't afford another
$5000 makeover for the debate.
Where's the outrage from the right-wing
punditry that was so obsessed with John
Edwards $400 haircut?
this could be one of those trial ballon
things that the GOP likes to float. If
McCain doesn't take a hit for being a no
show at the debate, it will
embolden them to dream up an excuse to
keep the Hockey Mom from showing up at
the arena to debate Joe Biden. My money
is on her being subpoenaed to testify
before her own
handpicked Board about Troopergate
on the same day that the debate is
scheduled. Since she has such respect
for the law, she would have no option
but to go back to Alaska to testify
and there just wouldn't be enough time
to catch a flight to St. Louis for the
debate that night.
happening at your house? Are you
getting all your electricity at the
Hdqts? Is your mom living with you?
ever shown up? Will Rick Perry ever get
posts continue to be great with all the
will NOT leave her own house, and I
ain't arguing with Momma. I've
never had that much courage.
I do have
to tell you one good thing that has
distracted us from it all. We
Democratic women are building a float
this week for the county fair parade on
Friday morning. None of us have
ever built a float before so we have no
idea what we're doing, but, Honey, we're
doing it with lotsa glitter.
You're gonna be able to see that sucker
from the space station.
I'll get some pictures of it tonight.
Our resident artist, Wanda, who has also
never built a float, got some catalogs
and ordered everything that shines.
Wanda has worked her butt off to
maintain our reputation as cheap
Democratic women cook better, think
better, love better, and strut better.
However, Republican women can beat the
crap outta us when it come to decorating
parade floats. We're gonna try to
fix that this year.
ya'll, a friend of mine sent me a
picture of what a Texas Floozie float
ought to look like ---
No, Blair, that's the Texas Big Haired
News Producer Shushannah Walshe just
lashed out at the McCain campaign
for denying access to reporters who
wanted to witness Sarah Palin's U.N.
photo ops earlier today. Walshe said
the McCain campaign's restrictions
on press coverage were "just
"There's not once chance that
Governor Palin would have to
answer a question. ... They're
eliminating even the chance of
any kind of interaction with the
candidate -- it's just
Walshe noted that the McCain
campaign eventually did relent and
allow a reporter in the same room as
Palin -- but only for just 29
Aunt Clara thinks Sarah Palin is a werewolf.
She read all about it over at the beauty
shop in one of those magazines.
According to Aunt Clara, when exposed to
daylight (or teevee cameras) Palin turns
into a blood-sucking monster in 30
seconds. That's exactly why they
have to limit it to 29 seconds.
One second later and ---- well, you
don't even want to know what would
Heck, even I'm beginning to wonder what's wrong with
Palin. It's got to be more than a
case of stupid. Hell, they even
let Dan Quayle talk to the media.
Republicans are proud of stupid.
They kinda parade it around and elect it
No, it's gotta be more than stupid and uninformed.
Aunt Clara may be on to something.
September 23 -
Well, alert the media, dammit!
You know the click-the-little-one drill.
Well, so Governor Rick Perry is gonna get himself a
the "conditions throughout Fort Bend County" from County
Judge Bob Hebert.
Only Bob Hebert would feel the need to issue a press
release with "I get to meet the Governor and you don't"
as the major subject being covered. Cripes, two
Republicans meet, one is stoopid beyond words and the
other one is cranky. Big deal.
Hell, they could invite Sarah Palin and have a trifecta
- stoopid, cranky, and scardy-cat. Sounds like a
lobbying firm, huh?
Somehow, and I'm just guessing about this, the
condition that the entire county is being run by
developers probably won't come up during their
conversation. Well, unless they start comparing
And the fact that we're getting a dump the size of 14
football fields stacked on top of each other with two
Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders' ta-tas thrown in for good
And the condition of a stinkin' Republican adored toll
road cutting the county down the middle won't be
considered unless the chortle that they won't have to
drive their fatcatmobiles on the same road as the
riftraff like me.
Conditions, my patootie. They're gonna play golf
and send the bill to Joe B. Allen. Probably drive
by Tom DeLay's house and honk the horn a few times, too.
- Rene sent us the latest email going around --
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- Okay, I'm not saying who but somebody at the
courthouse borrowed this printed email off a bulletin
board at the courthouse. (Click the little one to
see the big one.)
The press release email was sent by our Mr. Chamber of
Commerce County Judge, Bob Hebert, with an exuberance
apparently not well-received by the rank and file, as
noted by somebody's handwritten commentary.
Yes, it is day 10 of no power for some folks in the
county and day 9 of there's-a-heap-o'-crap sitting in my
front yard attracting snakes, varmints, mold, and I
dunno what else but it smells powerful awful, and it
doesn't appear that anybody is being very peppy about
coming to haul it off.
And if anybody thought for one second that the county
judge is doing this "for the kids," they are in a
delusional state unmatched even by Brittany Spears and
But, "the show will go on" and Bob Hebert, our County
Judge, will once again throw out the first kolache.
Do not get between Bob Hebert and the turkey legs,
Honey. That's just a little free friendly advice
from someone who has seen first hand how the county fair
can bring out the worst in Hebert.
So many old goats, so little time.
A critical - and
radical - component of the bailout package proposed
by the Bush administration has thus far failed to
garner the serious attention of anyone in the press.
Section 8 (which ironically reminds one of the
popular name of the portion of the 1937 Housing Act
that paved the way for subsidized affordable housing
) of this legislation is just a single sentence of
thirty-two words, but it represents a significant
consolidation of power and an abdication of
oversight authority that's so flat-out astounding
that it ought to set one's hair on fire. It reads,
in its entirety:
Decisions by the
Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act
are non-reviewable and committed to agency
discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court
of law or any administrative agency.
In short, the
so-called "mother of all bailouts," which will
transfer $700 billion taxpayer dollars to purchase
the distressed assets of several failed financial
institutions, will be conducted in a manner
unchallengeable by courts and ungovernable by the
People's duly sworn representatives.
What the hell have you Republicans done to my country?
You lost all the money Bill Clinton gave you and now
my great-grandchildren in debt.
I have no idea how John McCain can come out of his
houses in the morning. He and his buddy Phil Gramm
better start running like a prairie fire with a tailwind
before some of us real Americans come after them with
intent to bar-be-que.
You know, Verdelia and I took note just yesterday that
even though we live in Tom DeLay country, we haven't
seen even one McCain yardsign or bumper sticker.
Not even one. It kinda restored my faith in local
Republicans - at least they have the good sense to be
The rule of law AND the elective representation are
Nah, on second thought, being embarrassed ain't good
enough. They need to look for a hole to hide in.
Maybe no shameless McCain supporters there,
but I'm in Northern Idaho right now and this
morning in Hayden Lake, former home of the
Aryan Nation headquarters, I saw a bumper
sticker that stated
Because I'd Rather Vote For
Unfortunately I couldn't get my phone camera
set up fast enough before the truck turned,
dragging its exhaust system down the street.
It's funny to remember in the not too
distant past when the "L" word was only
spoken out loud in contempt and some were
even trying to convince us to abandon the
term in favor of 'Progressive' which
worked so well last century (Not!) which
coincided with my calling myself a Liberal
instead of a Democrat.
How times have changed.
It's odd how "Section 8" may
have different connotations to
My immediate thought whilst
reading your non-blog entry was
to another Section 8 - the U.S.
Military's Section 8 discharge
for mentally unfit personnel. I
think that this Section 8 may be
applicable for anyone (not
limited to military personnel,
mind you) who actually believes
that a Bush appointee will
judiciously and fairly allocate
these here funds that you're
And then there's that other
Section 8 - the one in
that recently retired, quaint
old document called the
Constitution of the United
States (Article 1). I think it
has some relevancy
here, also. After
reconstructing a shredded copy
from Dick Cheney's office, I
read in Section 8 that "The
Congress shall have power to lay
and collect taxes, duties,
imposts and excises, to pay the
debts and provide for the common
defense and general welfare of
the United States..."
studied all the stuff after
that what says what we're
supposed to do with all that tax
and impost money, but I
never could find the bit about
bailing out unregulated
"financial institutions" or "hog
farms" (is that redundant?).
Are they going to pass around
the "distressed assets" that we,
the people, will joyously share
as the spoils of this here new,
improved Ponzi scheme from our
brethren in DC? Will they be
distributing them said assets at
a POD, or will my bit come in
hope we get something that me
and the twins' mom can use on
- Maybe I'm not understanding this right because it
makes no damn sense whatsoever.
It's been 9 days since Hurricane Ike and Momma is still
without electricity. Momma is 85 years old.
She lived through the great depression and it was easier
However, Momma is gonna have to pay higher electric
bills because CenterPoint Energy is taking longer than
Christmas to do their job. What's she supposed to
do? Hamsters and a wheel?
If Hurricane Rita is any
guide, Houston-area customers could be paying higher
electricity bills for years to cover the cost of
repairing the battered Gulf Coast power grid in the
wake of Hurricane Ike. The reason: Under
deregulation, ratepayers are responsible for the
expense of maintaining and expanding the power grid
Deregulation, the Republican dream come true.
Anybody who votes for any Republican this election
should be required take a dip stick to the polls with
them because they are a quart low on good sense.
I'm happy to hear that you life is
approaching semi-normal and very sad to hear
that your Mom is still without electricity.
It's going to be a long time before you can
get close to normal, there will be many
things that won't be where they used to be
or don't work the way they used to work.
I was deeply interested by your comment
about making the end user pay for repairs
and upgrades to the distribution system. In
1997-98 (when I was working for the company
that got bought by the big crooked E and
later moved to Texas) they were beginning to
push for deregulation in Pennsylvania. It
seemed to me then, as it seems to me now,
that the inherent flaw in the deregulation
scheme was that no one had any incentive to
upgrade the distribution system. Reading
David Cay Johnston's book "Free Lunch"
showed me a few others and went on to cover
many of the other things that have been
deregulated since the big push started on
Jan 21, 1981. Not the least of which would
be the present that Senator Gramm Reaper
gave to the boys on Wall Street -- and now
they're gearing up to make us pay for that
Every stinkin' thing that has been
deregulated has ended up giving more money
to the crowd that already have way more than
anyone could ever figure out what to do with
and squeezing those who have little or not
breathing room. You're right -- anyone who
votes for a Republican needs to be taken off
life support because they're already brain
dead and there are people like your Momma
who could make better use of the electricity
they're using not to mention the oxygen.
McCain for President
1235 S. Clark Street
Arlington , VA 22202
You could be the first one on
your block to honor Sarah by
helping out a good
organization. This hasn't gone
viral as of yet, but it looks
like Sarah will receive
thousands of thank-yous from
Planned Parenthood at a minimum.
Let's see if it can be hunnerts
of thousands. Tell all your
- Patrick reminds me that there are folks who have
it much harder than I do ---
I wish you'd quit complaining about lack of
electricity and phone service. Come on you
know Texans are the biggest bunch on whiners
around. Just think about how tough life has
been for the
Governor Perry and his family have it
since they were forced to move a 4600 square
foot shelter with a swimming pool.
absolutely understand they want to get
back to their homes ... I'd like to get
back to the mansion," said Perry, who's
been living in temporary quarters since
his official residence burned down in
someone please explain why we keep voting
Republicans into office?
- Okay, maybe this is a dumb question, but if we can
socialize the financial markets, why can't we socialize
I just don't get it. But then, I've been real
confused for the past 8 years.
So De-Reg Keating Five Friend McCain says
the SEC chief should be shown the door for
being alseep at the switch.
Barack Obama came out guns blazing after
McCain called for Cox's head (hehe - yes,
that's my inner 12 year old at work). He
basically said...Firing Cox is fine, but why
stop there? Let's fire the whole
administration and get some folks in there
who will work in the interest of the
I also LOVE the fact that he wrapped the
whole sentiment in a tortilla and handed it
to us out the drive-thru window. Way to go,
Barack! That's how you fight Republicans!
is having a fundraiser luncheon here in
Dallas on October 3, and we are trying
to get a group together to go march.
Hopefully we can get some news coverage
& not get fired from our jobs! Could
you post something on your website -
they can contact me
at this address or just show up that
day in front of the Fairmont Hotel on
Ross Avenue. We are getting serious up
all you do and for being such an
Due to the article in the Dallas
Voice and the overwhelming response
we have received today I was forced
to sit down and make an official
Pass this on!! PDF format!
- Most of y'all remember me telling the absolutely
true story that due to both my Grandpas I was a full
grown woman before I knew that Damn Hoover were two
separate words. In fact, I remember studying about
Hoover Dam and thinking somebody got it backwards.
Well, my Grandchildren
will feel the same way about Bush.
runs a real danger of going down as a Herbert Hoover
in this scenario,” said Beverly Gage, a presidential
historian at Yale University. “He could be seen as
the man held responsible for what is happening who
stood by and didn’t forge a clear direction at a
moment when a clear direction is what was needed.”
And the helluvit is that the darned man seems almost
gleeful lately. I mean, have you seen Bush lately?
Have they drugged him or something?
You'd think he'd be as desperate as an Aztec witch
doctor without a virgin on sacrifice day (okay, I stole
that from John), but there he stands, grinning from his
butt to his eyebrows.
I've said it before and I'll say it again.
Anybody who voted for Bush the second time should NOT be
allowed to vote in this election. They've proven
they can't be trusted with a ballot.
- Still no phones at my house and no electricity at
Momma's. It's getting hot again and people are
We had a guy with his pre-teen son in here at the
Democratic Headquarters this morning who was snarking
around at everything, then tried to walk out with
buttons and bumper stickers. Our office worker
asked him for a donation for the materials, since we pay
for them ourselves. The guys hollered, "You have
GOT to be kidding!" The office worker replied,
"No, sir, we have to pay for those things."
"Even for a school project?" the guy asked.
Okay, this was the first tip-off. There's no
school right now and hasn't been for 8 days.
"Yes," replied the office worker, "but we do have some
free materials ....."
Before the office worker could finish, the guy threw -
no, seriously, in front of his son, he threw - the
buttons at our office worker.
And Mr. Wonderful spit gravel all over the parking lot
taking off with his giant W bumper sticker.
Y'all, they are raising their kids badly. You
just need to be warned.
September 18 - Karen Rose has been my friend
since high school. She now lives and works in
DeeCee, but sent me some really cool pictures from
Alaska. This is a rally in Alaska.
Now you would be hard-pressed to find two more feminist
women than me and Karen Rose -- we were on the debate
team before women did that kind of thing -- and we both
think Sarah Palin is a shiver looking for a spine to run
This is our first best chance to say out loud that being
a woman doesn't make you intelligent, ethical, or wise.
Nor does it exempt you from answering questions.
So join me and Karen Rose in saying, "if Palen is the
first, she'll be the last."
September 18 -
Thank you all for your generous donations to help Fort
Bend Democrats. I am overwhelmed with your
kindness and generosity. Checks and small cash
donations can be mailed to Fort Bend Democrats, PO Box
785, Richmond, Texas 77406. You can also
Again, thank you. And I promise not to bother you
for money for Democrats again.
helping Chris Bell is excepted from this promise.
voice raised, said “If I sound angry it’s because I
am angry. I am sick and tired of this.” At various
times, he turned that anger towards Republicans who
still say they can manage money — “Who are these
guys? Where do they come from? What possible right
do they have to say to anybody, particularly to us,
that they know how to manage our money and manage
the economy?” — and Hedge Funds, which he said need
to be more transparent.
Hey Joe, I'm sick and tired of these Republicans, too.
If you ain't angry, you ain't paying attention.
- Okay, I'm back at the Democratic headquarters
using their wifi because now we're now being told that
we won't have phone line and DSL until September 29th at
Bubba and my place.
You guys go buy something and
donate because our order of new Obama / Biden
tee-shirts didn't arrive because of the storm and we
need money to keep going. We gave away all our
block-walking water bottles and the refrigerator is
Okay, so last night I distinctly heard John McCain say
that he was against deregulation. He was drunk.
I'm sure of it.
John McCain is a deregulation machine set on overdrive.
He would deregulate your butt if he could.
You know, there's a saying around here about the
Mustang Lounge - everybody there is either drunk or
lost. I think that's John McCain right now.
And Carly Fiorina just made my day yesterday.
Wasn't it Republicans who said we should run government
like a business? But now that they have a woman on
their ticket who couldn't run an active PTA group
without causing infighting, gossip, and power grabs, it
comes to this ---
told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that Sarah Palin
could not run a major corporation, but nor could
John McCain or Barack Obama, for that matter.
Running a business is different than running a
country, Fiorina said.
Carly Fiorina is well-known in the tech
sector for her fantastic ability to run
a company into the ground by selling off
all its valuable assets before being
shown the door. HP’s board got what it
deserved for having hired her in the
first place. Unfortunately, HP’s
(ex-)partners, etc., did not, in the
main, deserve Carly.
It warms my
heart to know she’s involved in the
McCain’s fundraising. I wonder which
parts of him are valuable enough for her
to sell off?
how she felt when John McCain offered her the
Vice-Presidential spot, my Vice-Presidential
candidate, Governor Sarah Palin, said something very
profound: “I answered him ‘Yes’ because I have the
confidence in that readiness and knowing that you
can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being
so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re
on, reform of this country and victory in the war,
you can’t blink. So I didn’t blink then even when
asked to run as his running mate.”
Isn’t that so true? I
know that many times, in my life, while living it,
someone would come up and, because of I had good
readiness, in terms of how I was wired, when they
asked that—whatever they asked—I would just not
blink, because, knowing that, if I did blink, or
even wink, that is weakness, therefore you can’t,
you just don’t. You could, but no—you aren’t.
Go ahead, read the whole thing. Ibie sent it to me
and you'll laugh out loud.
In an interview filmed the afternoonof
Sept. 3 and posted on the Web site
was candid about how he envisioned change under a
"Less taxes and more
war," he said, smiling. He said the U.S. should
"bomb the hell" out of Iran because the country
Asked by the
interviewer how America would pay for a military
confrontation with Iran, he said the U.S. should
take the country's resources.
"We should plant a
flag. Take the oil, take the money," he said. "We
A few hours after the
interview, an unknown woman helped herself to
The theft happened at
the Hotel Ivy, a luxury hotel in downtown
Minneapolis. (The Colorado delegation was housed at
the Four Points Sheraton, several miles away on
Industrial Boulevard Northeast.)
The theft occurred
early on Sept. 4, hours after Alaska Gov. Sarah
Palin gave her speech accepting her party's vice
presidential nomination. A police report said
Schwartz told officers he met a woman at the bar and
took her to his $319-a-night room.
Monique the Pavement Princess extracted a little old
fashioned justice. Honey, you gotta hand it to
Monique - that girl can pick her victims!
There's more ---
A police report notes
the crime occurred between 4:22 and 5:46 a.m., and
Palmer said investigators believe Schwartz was
drugged, although he declined to discuss details.
Aside from the watch,
ring, necklace, earrings and belt, Schwartz also
reported a $1,000 purse or wallet, a $1,500 cell
phone, $500 in cash and a couple of rings worth $50
had been taken.
Who else but a big mouth not shot Republican lawyer
would have a $1,500 cell phone? I'm real proud
that Monique is turning tricks on a damn fancy phone
Uhhh.. let's see. Gabriel was relieved of a
watch, ring, necklace, earrings and belt,
Schwartz also reported a $1,000 purse or
wallet, a $1,500 cell phone, $500 in cash
and a couple of rings worth $50 had been
taken." I can see a Republican walking
around with cash and a super dee-luxe cell
phone, but what was with the jewelry
(including ear-rings... plural, not one),
necklace and several rings? You can dress up
a Republican, but he's still an idiot.
- If I've learned nothing else, I've learned just
how fragile our lifestyle is.
Now we can't get gas. So, there's no newspaper
delivery. Electricity is sporadic and phone
service even less reliable. The wait at
distribution centers in Houston for food, ice, and water
is three hours, if you have the gas to get there.
The weather is a little cooler, and that helps
The President arrived this morning to tell us how
wonderful everything was going.
Listen up --
tough situation on the coast," Bush said. "I have
been president long enough to have seen tough
situations and have seen the resilience of the
people dealing with the tough situations."
Yeah, I guess so. We survived you, jerk.
September 15 - I
have email now so y'all help me catch up before it goes
out again. I've seen the SNL skit online (they
were covering the hurricane here) and
this wonderful thing from Alaskan women and a few
I have been given to understand that Palin's charm is
fading fast. I'm sorry this happened while I was
distracted with rising water and heavy winds, but I'll
take it anyway.
The Federal Emergency
Management Agency came under fire Sunday as
emergency workers were left undernourished and
dozens of trucks of water and food had yet to be set
up at distribution centers around Houston and
And no sooner had the
agency — widely condemned for its glacial response
to suffering after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 — drawn
sharp criticism as its leaders and spokesmen began
to say it was someone else's fault.
in the day, a FEMA spokesman said delays in setting
up staging points to hand out needed provisions had
been caused by blocked roads.
By the evening,
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said it
was the fault of state officials who handed his
department the "unexpected challenge" of having to
prepare distribution points in addition to
And Congressman Nick Lampson was on teevee yesterday
being outraged ---
U.S. Rep. Nick
Lampson, D-Houston, said he was told before the
storm by FEMA officials that there was food and
water already staged at the Ellington Air National
"Now it's on the way?
That doesn't make any sense to me," he said. "I
don't know what happened ... The storm's been over
for 30 hours.
"I hope some heads
will roll in this," he said later, adding that the
efforts of local mayors, judges and emergency
responders should be applauded.
And a valuable lesson was learned all week by local
politicians --- do not attempt to get between
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee and a teevee camera.
She blows harder than a CAT 5 storm, Hon. I know
about 20 elected officials who have Sheila elbow bruises
to their ribs.
September 14 -
What Bubba, Jr. did while waiting for the storm to pass.
- Okay, the phones are down again so I don't have
DSL at home.
The misery index is high and everybody on teevee is
complaining about FEMA again. People in the
community - you know, community organizers - are getting
food out to people because FEMA doesn't have a
distribution center yet.
The news is saying there was "an organizational foul-up
between FEMA and the State," meaning Republican Governor
Rick Perry. I'm shocked, flat shocked, I tell you.
Now, the big story is this - they will not let
reporters into Bolivar peninsula. They won't even
let reporters fly over in helicopters. Governor
Perry is trying to blow it off, but everybody here is
pretty damned sure that they don't want more Katrina
pictures coming out of Bolivar.
And then FEMA is telling people to get information on
the internet. Uh, there's no stinkin' electricity,
and the damn hamsters are getting tired of running the
modems, too. Heckfire, cell phones don't even work
because the towers are down and everybody is trying to
use them all at once.
FEMA sucks. Republican suck. We knew this
was coming for a week and FEMA still can't get ice and
Folks, this was a CAT 2 hurricane. What's gonna
happen when the CAT 5 comes?
I kinda suspect that both power and phone service will
be sporadic for the next couple of weeks. So, if
you don't hear from me, blame Governor Rick Perry.
September 13 -
Well, I got just a tad cocky.
About an hour after I posted this morning, the phone
lines and DSL went down.
As karma would have it, the Democratic headquarters in
Rosenberg made it just fine and has both power and wifi.
We spent a couple of hours uncovering the windows and
putting everything back on the shelves. Now we're
resting and watching the big screen teevee.
I thought I'd share a few pictures with you.
Jesus Is Lord Used Cars I told you about a few
Well, I think Jesus expressed his opinion about that
marketing system ---
And Jesus threw in Republican Judge Cliff Vacek for a
little extra enjoyment.
And my favorite ingenuity came from this home ----
"Cletus, what did you do with the table, Hon?
We've got family coming for dinner tonight."
And here's was the most popular spot at lunchtime after
Ike. Jamie's Hamburgers in Richmond has never seen
a crowd like this.
There hasn't been a line at Jamie's since 1964, but it
was the only place open in three zip codes.
Hal is sitting across the room from me and is posting
about our favorite line from the day - FEMA calling in
from Austin. Check over at
Half Empty later and read about it.
And last, our friend Carlos showed up with a special
gift for the Democratic headquarters ---
I still don't have email because my server is down.
- Bubba and I made it through the storm just fine.
Lots of tree limbs down and we're seriously considering
stocking the swimming pool instead of cleaning that
sucker, but we're safe and dry. We are one of the
few houses in the greater Houston area who have
Momma is fine, too, although she got a tree in her
house. I told her to go ahead and decorate that
sucker for Christmas, which she didn't think was near as
funny as I did. She's safe and my nephew is there
with tarps and nails. (Some men in Texas just live
for this stuff!)
My email server isn't working so save your emails for a
Bubba ventured out and reports that the Democratic
headquarters survived just fine.
I'll post pictures later today.
- If you've never seen a hurricane band coming right
at you, here's one. I took this picture about 7:15
not far from my home.
September 12 - I swear this is the absolute
ABC affiliate was interviewing some dude from the
Red Cross about what they were doing for the hurricane.
The Red Cross dude said that the Red Cross needs money,
and went on to add, "because we're having to borrow
The reporter asked if the heard correctly. "Did
you say the Red Cross is having to borrow money?"
"Yes," the Red Cross guy explained, "we're having to
borrow money because the economy is so bad."
The reporter, me, and ole Bubba kinda just stood there
for a second, stunned.
Surely somebody has a video copy of that. It
happened about 1:10 p.m. on Friday.
The damn Republican economic policies have even screwed
up the Red Cross. Ain't that something?
So you know FEMA can't be counted on because they
screwed that up, too. And now they've screwed up
the Red Cross.
September 12 -
Elizabeth just sent me
the newest warning for hurricane Ike.Don't ya just love helpful people? It appears we're not going
to get hit as badly as expected last night. We'll
probably be without electricity for a few days, so don't
fret if you don't hear from me over the weekend.
If you don't hear from from me by Monday night, send
Blue Bell ice cream.
- Last night I got an email from a rightwinger
comparing Sarah Palin to Teddy Roosevelt because they
both like to hunt, they both had lots of kids and they
both were a 2 year Governor when selected for Vice
I added other amazing similarities to the email ---
Roosevelt was a cum laude graduate of Harvard and so
was .... oops. Palin attended 5 colleges in 6
Roosevelt served as Secretary of the Navy under
McKinley and Palin once road on a boat.
Roosevelt was elected a popular assemblyman in New
York, and Palin put a small town deeply in debt.
Roosevelt was a progressive and Palin is ... well, not
Roosevelt distrusted wealthy businessmen and dissolved
corporations as a trust buster. Palin thinks
wealthy businessmen are the fourth branch of government.
Roosevelt formed the Rough Riders at a bar in San
Antonio and fought in the Spanish American War.
Palin could find San Antonio on a map if you gave her
three tries, and may have heard of the Spanish American
War at one of those colleges she attended.
Roosevelt formed the Bull Moose Party and Palin killed
Yep - just alike.
Remember also that Teddy was a
conservationist.....and responsible for
Moosegirl on the other hand offers $150
bucks to hunters who bring in wolf
paws.....and thinks polar bears need to just
get over it!
It's just infuriating to hear McCain or
Palin (?) compared to Teddy. Teddy
Roosevelt was the founder of the
Progressive Movement and the first US
president to call for universal
healthcare. Neither one of Republican
candidates are anything like him and it
just frosts me when I hear McCain
compared to him.
I heard David Gergen compare JM to
Roosevelt and sent him a scathing email.
I'm quite sure I changed his mind. LOL
Good luck with the hurricane, I've
been keeping an eye on the map and had a
good conversation with God that you stay
9. Dragging out boxes that haven't been used since
last season (camping gear, flashlights)
8. Last minute shopping in crowded stores
7. Regular TV shows pre-empted for "specials"
6. Family coming to stay with you
5. Family and friends from out-of-state calling
4. Buying food you don't normally buy ... and in
3. Days off from work
And the number one reason Hurricane Season is like
1. At some point you know you're going to have a
tree in your house!
- My Fort Bend friend Kyle just sent me hurricane
procedures at his office --
Office Procedures Concerning Storm and Office
we watch the progress of the storm, the
following are the firm's guidelines based upon
the hurricane's intensity:
Hurricane Category #1
No excuse for being late. Leave earlier to give
extra time to avoid fallen trees and limbs.
Hurricane Category #2
Due to the horizontal rain, you may wear jeans.
Hurricane Category #3
Whereas most of the area will be flooded we
suggest you avoid wearing open toe sandals when
coming to work. Canoes will be provided to get
to the building safely without getting wet.
Hurricane Category #4
More than likely there will be no electricity.
Given that, we will have manual typewriters
available to all staff members. Please take
extra caution and wear water-proof make-up if
Category 4 or above.
Hurricane Category #5
Velcro will be provided to keep you attached to
your chairs when the windows blow out. For those
that survive, we will have chocolate cake at
3:00 pm in the kitchen
- Thank you to all of you who've sent good thoughts
my way during the storm. I'll be spending most of
today with rope and plywood, but I'll try to make it
back here with some comments about the
scandal at the Interior Department.
Meanwhile, my friend Alfredo says that
this report (PDF
format) pretty much sums up history's final judgment
on the Bush administration, when it describes on page
three "a relatively small group of individuals wholly
lacking in acceptance of or adherence to governmental
ethical standards." Yep, that's the Bush
administration in a nutshell.
Sexual relations between Interior Dept.
employees and oil company
representatives (Are hookers like
lobbyists)? What is so unusual? Sounds
like what the oil companies have been
doing to the rest of us for a long time.
September 10 -
As my friend David
likes to say, it looks like we're hip deep in sheep dip.
See the four lines
in the middle? That's my roof under there.
There's already some mandatory evacuations along the
coast, but Bubba and I have decided to stay put this
time. Last time we spent 6 hours on the road to
get 18 miles.
Bubba gets real cranky when our Republican government
is so damn set on proving that government doesn't work
that they're purposefully useless as a milk bucket under
a bull during emergencies. Bubba is convinced they
do it on purpose so they can say, "See, government
doesn't work." No, Honey, government works
fine; Republicans don't work worth turkey poop.
Our county judge has already declared
the county a disaster. (opens in PDF) Heckfire,
he should have declared it that about two days after he
was elected, before he sold it to developers in exchange
for campaign contributions.
Anyhowway, I'm filling up the hot tub and bringing in
the bird houses and strapping anything that might take
flight to Bubba's barbeque pit because that sucker ain't
going anywhere. Get me to show you pictures of
Bubba's barbeque condo sometime.
We've got a generator, a first aid kit, a half gallon
of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla, and two of those lounge
chairs that float in the pool. So if you see Bubba and
me floating down the Brazos River eating Blue Bell and
pulling Truman on his own little inner tube, wave now,
- In what has to be
described as " oh crap!" for Republicans, Harvey
Kronberg reports ---
Party presidential nominee Bob Barr
is asking Texas GOP Congressman and former
presidential candidate Ron Paul to join his
ticket as his running mate.
Barr, a former
Congressman from suburban Atlanta, said in a press
release that Paul is one of the "few American
patriots" and asked that Paul "seriously consider
this final offer as an opportunity to show true,
lasting leadership beyond party politics."
Should Paul take Barr
up on his offer, it's safe to say that the electoral
calculations in Texas and in several other states
could be upset.
Oh Happy Day.
- I will tell you one damn thing. I am stinkin'
Sarah Palin making all women victims.
If she can't take the heat, she needs to go back to the
Remember the kids in the backseat whining, "Momma, he's
looking at me. Make him stop. Owwwww, he's
still looking at me," until you wanted to stop the car
and sell them on a street corner to the first circus
that passed by?
Well, that is Sarah Palin.
The McCain campaign is asking
for an apology after Barack Obama compared McCain’s
call for change to putting “lipstick on a pig,” an
apparent reference to an earlier comment by Sarah
She's giving all hooter toters a bad name.
If she thinks that all references to lipstick and pigs
are about her, then she has personal body image issues
and needs to seek the help of a mental health
professional. Oh Dear Lord, wait until she
hears about sow's ears and silk purses. Somebody's
gonna have to dump a pail of water on her.
And why in fool tarnation does she need some man to
come out and make statements like, "offensive and
disgraceful?" Good Lord, is she a quart low on
estrogen? Can't she speak for herself?
Honey, if she thinks Barack Obama is sexist, wait until
she meets Fidel Castro, Prince Sultan, Alvaro Uribe or
know told me that they liked the Rootin'
Tootin' Gubbenor From Alasky because "she's
fiesty, and likes to shoot guns". Well,
heck, if that's all it takes to be VP:
take possum stew over a mooseburger any
damn...I suppose that, no matter how apt, we
won't be able to mention the Rs buying "a
pig in a poke" now. Faux outrage, thy name
is McCain campaign.
I woke up
mad this morning, having made the mistake of
checking news before I went to bed. I was
hellbent on writing first thing this
Then I read your entry while I drank my
coffee. I'm with you. I have SO had it. I
get more motivated by the day.
We need to urge Obama and Biden to keep up
the counter attack, or we are toast. It
scares the lipstick off of me when I realize
how little most people care about who they
are electing to be our leaders! That's why
you never see me with lipstick :-P
yer friend in a light blue state but a red
county with blue fringe
it walks like a pig ----
an apparent reference to an earlier comment
by Sarah Palin.' I had to watch the speech
on Youtube to see what this is about as I
don't have a TV. I can only imagine that
Rove&Co. are hoping that no one will
actually watch the speech- who has time for
that?- and they are probably correct.
'Another Separate Reality' shaman Don Juan
Rove administers his secret magical
Turdblossom mushrooms, opening new
possibilities to the meaning of Truth.
ANCHORAGE, Sept. 8 -- Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has
billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own
home during her first 19 months in office, charging
a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and
incidental expenses while traveling on state
It seems that Gov. Palin ain't so tough when it comes to
actually acting on her ideals.
And I have another question. How come she keeps
giving the same speech over and over? I mean, ya
gotta wonder - is her programming a tad static?
And Mike sent us this little funny --
Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that
McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject
herself to any tough questions from reporters "until
the point in time when she'll be treated with
respect and deference."
Honey, I have been trying to get the world to treat me
like that for years and I have had zero luck with it.
I get up in the morning and sometimes even Truman
doesn't treat me with respect and deference.
Okay, so here's the deal. None of us are leaving
home anymore until everybody in the stinkin' world
agrees to treat us with respect and deference. I
especially demand the deference part. Bow down to
me, you sons of motherless goats, for I am woman, hear
Seriously, this Palin woman thinks she can face Putin
and Ahmadinejad, but she's scared of Anderson Cooper?
There's something special crazy wrong with that idea.
If somebody wants to haul Governor Palin's rump over
here, my band, Bitchin' Betty and the Sequined Backhoes,
have a little tune we'd like to sing in her honor.
We stole it from Aretha.
Babe, even Aretha just wanted respect. She didn't
need no damn deference.
And, a word to Ms. Palin. I know Aretha Franklin,
and you're no Aretha Frankilin.
September 7 -
Okay, you gotta help me, you just gotta.
Republican Compadres have gone into the
movie-making business. The last movie they made
wasn't bad enough to satisfy them.
And, to the shock of no one, this one also stars the
lovely Belle of Heaven Republican Women's Club Head
Dongbelle, Elizabeth Howard.
And, now Elizabeth has bookend incumbents to show off,
bat her eyes at, and make you wonder if the poor woman
owns anything with a neckline or even sleeves. She
Hamilton Burger and
Barney Fife this time.
Okay, look at this and know for yourself why you just
gotta help me ---
Y'all, THAT'S the elected law enforcement in my county.
Where I live. Oh, cripes, people, help me.
over here and donate something, for Pete's sake.
We gotta do better than this. We gotta elect
Democrats. You know, people with brains and
I'll add some more stuff over there this week so you
can keep checking back. Meanwhile ---- help me on
Oh, one absolutely true, got it on tape, wrote it in the
newspaper story about Milton Wright, our sheriff.
About 6 years ago when he was running for sheriff, all
his campaign literature had the word "conservative" all
over it. That was just about the only
three-syllable word he could say, so I got suspicious.
So, I called him on the telephone, back when he was
still speaking to me, which is a whole 'nother story,
and asked him, "Sheriff, what does conservative mean?"
He heeed and hawed a minute and then you could almost
hear the lightbulb flicker in his head when he replied
happily and proudly, "It means the opposite of liberal!"
So, being a highly trained professional reporter for a
big-time newspaper, I followed up, "And what does
Then there was joy in his voice when he said, "The
opposite of conservative!"
And then there was the time he put out a press release
saying that 22 people in his department were African
American so that meant his department was 22% African
American. Uh, not so much when you have 300
Help me, dammit. Send the local Democrats some
Oh, Yeah! They sure give me a reason to vote
Republican! After all, they said to!
Why? Well, that's a little less clear,
although the sheriff said it's very, very
Any specifics? Oh, don't worry your pretty
little heads about that.
Trust them. Have they ever steered us wrong?
Remember, this election is about
personalities, not issues.
- As Evelyn notes,
The Seattle Times seems to be the only newspaper
doing serious reporting on Sarah Palin's past
Palin had turbulent first year as mayor of Alaska
Sarah Palin's first year as mayor of Wasilla,
Alaska, could easily have been her last as she
became embroiled in personnel challenges, a thwarted
attempt to pack the City Council and a bitter
standoff with her local newspaper. Her first months
were so contentious and polarizing that critics
started talking of a recall.
It's an informative and good read. I'm telling you
- she's a corker.
I kept asking myself, "who does Sarah
Palin remind me of?" Then it hit me...
Oh sure, she can bag a moose...but can
she bake a coconut cream pie?
September 6 - For
those of you on Carl Whitmarsh's email listserver, he's
taking a week or two off to recover. Somebody took
the spark plugs out of his computer to make him stay in
So, don't email him, fer-gosh-sake.
However, cards can be sent to 5910 Acorn, Houston,
Texas 77092-3310 I know he'd appreciate it because
everybody likes cards.
If it is true Wall
Street favors Republicans, which is the traditional
analysis, then here is a reason for share prices to
be falling. John McCain might not carry Texas.
How could that be?
Evidently a Texas law requires a political party, in
order be on the ballot, to file the names of its
presidential and vice presidential candidates at
least 70 days before the election. This year, that
fell on Aug. 26, before either Senator McCain or
Senator Barack Obama was formally nominated.
Bob Barr, the
Libertarian candidate, is demanding that the law be
enforced, and that neither major candidate be
allowed on the ballot. He did file on time.
Oh hell, Bob Barr might win Texas. Hey, he's 40 IQ
points smarter than our Governor.
September 5 -
Andrew Sullivan is all over this like skin an a sausage.
Troopergate with ABC news.
And then there's
oh so much secrecy.
You see, this is what happens when you don't have
candidates check their baggage before getting on the
September 5 - You
know all the GOP corruption in DeeCee? Well,
Honey, it goes so deep that I wouldn't trust a
Republican dog catcher.
Commissioner Jerry Eversole said Thursday that he
expects to be forced from office by an FBI
investigation into corruption allegations that
appears to be centering on the design of his home by
a prominent retired architect.
The Precinct 4
commissioner said FBI agents have interviewed many
of his friends, some as recently as this week. He
said he expects to be called in for questioning soon
and would not be surprised to be indicted, though he
insists he is innocent.
"I guarantee they can
take that information that they've got and the
friends that they've talked to and they can make a
case on me," said Eversole, who volunteered the
update regarding the investigation when asked about
recommended ethics changes at the county. "That's
why I say my days are numbered. There's no doubt
Yep, he's playing fast and loose with his untaxed
campaign account funded by county vendors, like getting
favors from them.
Can our Commissioner Andy Meyers and his party planners
be far behind?
- Okay, so I spent the evening watching McSame's
speech with Democrats so maybe my viewpoint is a little
I'll admit that.
But thank goodness there were couches at the
headquarters because some of us fell asleep.
Uh, why the fool tarnation did they put him in front of
a lime green screen that made him look ... well, I'm
just gonna say it .... reptilian?
And where the hell is his flag pin? Did they have
to hock it to buy his wife's outfit?
back tears, Abramoff delivered a highly emotional
plea for the judge to exercise leniency, but readily
admitted he had done wrong.
"I stand before you a
broken man," he said during the two-hour sentencing
hearing. "I am not the same man."
Four years. Four stinkin' years. Ho boy,
he's a common thief. If he had robbed a
convenience store with a gun instead of the taxpayers
with his fancy friends, he'd be serving 40 years.
September 4 -
Bow down to
Momma, don't click that. It's one of the finest
Jon Stewarts ever, but he says some --- oh, let's
call it rough --- things.
I'll tell you about it so you don't have to watch it.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – As
Texas Republicans gather for their national
convention, GOP members back in Dallas are preparing
to bolt the party.
Monday, Dallas County
Court at Law Judge Mark Greenberg plans to announce
at a Democratic Party Labor Day picnic that he's
leaving the Republican Party, said people from both
parties familiar with his decision. The judge, who
next faces re-election in 2010, could not be
At least two other
judges are expected to leave the GOP before
Last week, Dallas
County Republicans lost another when county Criminal
Court Judge Elizabeth Crowder said she's switching
to the Democrats.
Yep, the party's over.
Did you see Eisenhower's granddaughter on
Colbert last night? She's switched parties
too, as of 2 weeks ago!!!!! It's a freakin'
September 4 - Get
get email from one of the Belles. The ISP is from
Sugar Land, but there is no person by this name
registered to vote in the county. I'm leaving the last
name off because the Belles have been known to steal
other people's names.
You accusing someone of having a
"smart-mouth attitude" is like Mick
Jagger telling someone they have big
Dear Sara -
As the friendly customer service
representative for Kiss My Big Blue
Butt, Inc., I would like the
opportunity to respond.
There is one major difference
between Ms. Palin and me.
Neither of us is qualified to be
President. The difference is
that I am not delusional. I
- Woo, woo. A Palin Smack Mouth Attack.
What you saw last night was the oratorical equivalent
of a drive-by shooting.
I know these women. I have lived among them for
forty years. The Belles of Heaven Republican
Women's Club members, like Ms. Palin, are a smug and
callous bunch who praise Jesus while looking down their
noses at everyone else.
Ask yourself one question. After hearing Ms. Palin
last night, would you trust her with your closest
That, for me, is all I need to know.
Without expressing an iota of compassion, help, or
empathy about anyone other than her own family, Ms.
Palin dismisses those who are trying to survive in tough
times created with Republican economic policies by
offering haughty quips and smart-mouth attitude.
So Palin plans on spray painting her gang signs
all over America, and thinks we won't mind because she's
using lavender paint with a little glitter.
Honey, as my friend David says, she's hip deep in sheep
dip if she thinks for one minute that she's off-limits
for criticism but everyone else is fair game.
I still do not have a clue about her stand on any major
issue facing this country. And I suspect that's
In a convention noted for it's lack of
diversity, should a candidate with noted
very conservative views be doing
Susan - here's
I know at least 10 "Soccer Moms" in
Sugar Land that are now, according to
GOP standards, qualified to run for the
second highest political office in our
nation right behind - one heart beat
away from - a 72 year old with several
I was not really sure they were
qualified until I heard Ms. Palin's
speech last night. I thought their
narrow views and self interest might
disqualify them. Their complaints to the
coach for not playing their "Star"
enough , bad mouthing the "other"
players and frequent displays of
hypocrisy are all just expressions of
their political readiness, Who'da thunk
Former Officer and
Director of Global Engineering and Construction
Company Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and
Defendant Participated in a Scheme to Bribe Nigerian
Government Officials to Obtain Contracts
WASHINGTON – Albert
"Jack" Stanley, a former officer and director of a
global engineering, construction and services
company based in Houston, pleaded guilty today to
conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices
Act (FCPA) by participating in a decade-long scheme
to bribe Nigerian government officials to obtain
engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
contracts and to conspiring to commit mail and wire
fraud as part of a separate kickback scheme, Acting
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the
Criminal Division announced.
The EPC contracts
to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities on
Bonny Island, Nigeria, were valued at more than $6
Stanley, 65, a U.S.
citizen and resident of Houston, entered the plea in
U.S. District Court in Houston before U.S. District
Judge Keith P. Ellison. Stanley pleaded guilty to a
two-count criminal information charging him with
conspiracy to violate the FCPA and conspiracy to
commit mail and wire fraud. As part of his plea
agreement, Stanley agreed to cooperate with law
enforcement authorities in the ongoing
So Jack Stanley is taking the fall in the massive
Nigerian bribery case. Note that the entire
bribery scheme took place while Dick Cheney was at
Now back in 2004,
The Nation did a story about this case. The
way Alfredo and I figure it, Stanley might have ratted
on someone for this plea. Is Dick Cheney going
heartening to see that the Republicans
cared so much about the people in the
path of Gustav that they scaled back on
their convention festivities on Monday
in deference to those afflicted by the
storm. It would have been proper if
they had expanded on this idea to
demonstrate their compassion. For
instance, they could have cancelled
Tuesday's events in honor of all of the
families of servicemen and women who
have either been killed or injured in
the line of duty serving in a needless
war. Wednesday's festivities could have
been shelved to pay homage to the
rapidly disappearing middle class,
brought on by the policies of greed that
epitomize the GOP. And finally, they
could have capped it all off on
Thursday, paying due respect to what
used to be our Constitution.
- Okay, so tell me we don't rock!
This is Brian. He emails here fairly often from
his work-station in Hawaii. Poor Brian works in
paradise. He reports, "This is in front of the
Haleiwa branch of Fort Bend
Now we know how to find him for our next meeting.
We're expecting dinner on the beach!
Yes, you, too, can join
Fort Bend Democrats from anywhere on earth.
September 3 -
Oh cripes, there's gonna be heck to pay. Hey, it's
one thing to
cancel an appearance on Larry King in a testy little
conniption whine, but now they've really done it.
They dissed Phyllis Schlafly.
Nooooo ....... Not The Phyllis. She's gonna catch
you, tied you up with some kind of Biblical Sampson
velvet chains thing, and whip you with a cat 'o nine
tails until you recite the books of the Old Testament in
Trust me on this, I know how the Belles of Heaven
Republican Women's Club operates.
icon Phyllis Schlafly lashed out Tuesday at the
McCain campaign after it suddenly canceled an
appearance by vice presidential candidate Sarah
Palin at an event sponsored by Schlafly’s Republican
National Coalition for Life.
“I think this is
clearly somebody in the McCain campaign who doesn’t
understand where the votes are coming from,”
Schlafly told ABC News. McCain had been given
lukewarm support by social conservatives before he
picked Palin to join him on the Republican ticket.
McCain campaign staffers who used to work for former
New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the disrespect
given to her group.
Oh, Honey, there's gonna be vengeance running ta-ta deep
in the streets of St. Paul.
September 3 - I
cannot swear to this myself, but my friend Kathy
reports, "This is said to be an undoctored photograph of
the Wasilla movie theater."
- Okay, you guys are going to love this. The
Fort Bend Republicans had the grand opening of their
headquarters this past weekend. Okay, so it wasn't
so grand. It was just an opening.
Texas Senator John "Slick" Cornyn showed up to speak.
Hearing Cornyn speak is kinda like watching a
kindergarten talent show - so adorable when they
remember all the words.
Anyway, I managed to get a picture. Count the
people there. No, seriously, look at the
reflections in the windows of the audience - I'll bet my
best pair of pink boot that there were 50 people there.
Of course, that's 90% of all the old white people in the
county, so they've got that going for them.
Ho boy, if I ran into that group, I'd hold on to my
purse real tight because they're gonna steal you blind
with government contracts for their friends and family.
September 2 -
You know what ever better than Sarah Palin on the
Tom DeLay taking hold of the reins.
Yep, where there's money, lobbyists, cigars, wine and
there's Tom DeLay. No hot tub, though, so he
had to settle for a gold limo.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tom DeLay, the former House GOP
majority leader whose connections to convicted
lobbyist Jack Abramoff brought scandal and disgrace
to the Republican party, returned to the spotlight
in Minneapolis last night, helping to host a private
party that drew hundreds of delegates and Republican
the man, he's the man," said one guest leaving the
arrived at the Minneapolis night club for his party
last night in a gold mini-van, no longer traveling
with the Capitol police detail that used to protect
him from reporters and other perceived security
Good Lord, he's become a rap star!
ABC News named it right ---
Money Trail: He's Baaaack!
Tom DeLay Hailed as GOP Hero
Despite Scandal, Indictment,
'The Hammer' Big in Minneapolis
- Wooo, wooo, lookie here. I just happen
have a copy of the Democratic opposition research on Ms.
Palin from 2006. Have
fun, campers! (It's a pdf file)
It's nice to have high friends in low places, huh?
You'd think that someone would have given John McCain a
copy of this. If I can get it, he can't?
needs to be made and understood, that
McCain is another lazy, doesn't do any
actual hard work, Bush. Now its no-win
for him, can't keep her, can't cut her
loose. Not McSame because when you
start at a low point, more of the same
is actually worse.
confident, that no women who could be
construed as experienced, wanted the
job. Just my belief in smarter women.
September 2 -
When I was a little girl, my Grandpa didn't ever cuss.
Instead, he said "Hoover!" If he hit his thumb
with a hammer, he'd holler, "Hoover!" I was a full
grown woman before I knew Hoover wasn't a cuss word.
My grandchildren will tell a future generation about
Grandma hollering "Bush!" when she trips and falls over
a rock in the garden.
This did it.
They arrested Amy Goodman. Amy Goodman.
Yeah, a 100 pound 50 year old threat to America.
Somebody tell me where I can donate to her defense
fund. I'm serious. I've worked hard for my
money but she can have some.
September 2 -
Alfredo is back in town and gives us a heads-up.
According to TIME magazine, Sarah Palin is George
Bush in drag - placing personal loyalty to her above the
Oh, and she wanted to ban books from the Wasilla public
library because they contained "inappropriate" language.
Stein says that as
mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs
into her policy at times. "She asked the library how
she could go about banning books," he says, because
some voters thought they had inappropriate language
in them. "The librarian was aghast." The librarian,
Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment,
but news reports from the time show that Palin had
threatened to fire her for not giving "full support"
to the mayor.
Good Lord, she's a control-freak book burner!
thinks that Palin was vetted is insane. If
she had been vetted,
this car wreck would not have happened.
They wpuld have been ready with an answer.
Bounds looks like an idiot, or I should say
more so than usual.
- Of all the breaking news about Sarah Palin and the
rest of the gang from the Anchorage Trailer Park and
Washateria, I decided that I had to pick one favorite
Couldn't do it.
You get two.
First, there's this slight indication that Ms. Palin
ain't operating on all four pistons. Reminiscent
of Gov. Ma Ferguson of Texas opposing bi-lingual
education by saying that if the English language was
good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for her,
Ms. Palin actually put into writing ---
Question: Are you offended by the phrase
"Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why
Palin: Not on your life. If it was
good enough for the founding fathers, its good
enough for me and I'll fight in defense of our
Pledge of Allegiance.
And this is so danged funny that I cannot quit looking
at it, and neither can John McCain for that matter ---
(If you're at work, turn off the sound. The
background music is "Getting To Know You.)
Oh Good Lord, this whole thing is a Maury Povich show
just waiting to happen.
And, yes, we have sent Ms. Palin an application for the
Belles of Heaven Republican Women's Club.
Perhaps this is a Republican who might
the morally straight & narrow road ...
toe-tapping ... page-texting ...
Nookie's-attacking ... Republican males
to their supposed high ground (or
Just a thought,
woman is SICK. I am nearly speechless
at her ambition and her deceitfulness.
And don't even ask me about McCain. I
can only shake my head in disbelief.
September 2 -
Okay, so Deb and I are looking at this sucker real close
and we thing that's Tom DeLay hiding behind that pink
boa. No, serious, look at it closely - it sure
looks like Tom.
And if you wait until 1:50, you can hear that Tom's friends
Republicans just wanna have fun, Dude.
However, I cannot believe that Republicans stole my
favorite fashion accessory. I mean, other than the
quest to get me some Sarah Palin shoes.
A member of the
state's 3rd Court of Appeals has questioned her
colleagues' handling of a case that could affect
money-laundering charges against former U.S. House
Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, and two
In a dissent unusual
for its critical tone, Justice Diane Henson, a
Democrat, wrote that three Republican colleagues
first delayed the resolution of the case for years,
effectively tying the hands of prosecutors, and then
issued an opinion about 10 days ago that went too
far when it concluded that the state's
money-laundering statute did not cover checks at the
time that DeLay is accused of laundering corporate
money into campaign donations.
Republican judges covering-up for Tom DeLay and
potentially the biggest political scandal since
IIRC, the argument about checks not being
covered was the exact way DeLay's lawyers
argued years ago. I know I've heard that
argument before, but never expected to see
it upheld even by Republican judges.
Rule of law my big blue butt, we have an
oligarchy, working according to the Golden
Rule: them who has the gold make the rules.
September 1 -
Okay, I've been getting emails all day about Sarah Palin
and family problems.
I do not believe for one second that Sarah Palin was
fully vetted or that John McCain knew of her child's
I agree with Barack Obama that a person's family is off
Unless, of course, you are extremely prideful about
your family values. Then your family becomes
important in the same way that John Edward's private
life ceased to be private when the hypocrisy of what he
was doing overwhelmed the words he was saying.
If Ms. Palin opposes sex education, then the result of
her beliefs is certainly open to discussion.
Additionally, Ms. Palin was fully aware of her child's
pregnancy when Ms. Palin made the decision that her own
political ambition was more important than her
daughter's privacy in a delicate time.
Personally, I feel horrible that Ms. Palin's 17 year
old daughter and someone else's adored 17 year old son
are being forced into a marriage simply to affirm Ms.
Palin's political ambitions.
Ms. Palin mocks a mother's devotion to her child, and
then hides behind that child trying to have her cake and
eat it, too.
That how I feel about it.
But more importantly, I just gotta get me some of these
always sad when a disaster strikes that ends
up causing so much loss of life and
property. I hate to see the overall
devastation and long lasting destruction to
ordinary people that results.
But enough about the Republican Convention;
isn't it great that Gustav turned out better
I think there is a name for those shoes.
Or at least that’s what my wife tells
me. I, being a good Christian man of
course, wouldn’t be familiar with the
What in gods name was McCain thinking?
And have all of the religious
conservatives, people like Cathie Adams,
completely lost their minds? (Do we
really need to answer that?)
agree with your blog on Palin. However,
I think McCain's thinking on this issue
is a little different then what most
1) this is his last go;
2) he's so desparate for a crack at the
Presidency in the general election that
he's already sold his soul to the "W"
and Cheney--wedding himself forever to
3) he's significantly behind in the
poles and needs something quick to get
him 5 points right now;
4) he knows that pundits have said that
Obama poles less well with women; and
5) ergo get an attractive, Western, very
conservative female VP.
I think the problems for McCain are two
1) He could have run as an outsider (as
he has done before), but instead, the
Faustian Deal was struck and he wedded
the "W"/Cheney legacy for all time. The
"W" is so ferociously unpopular that
this alone maybe enough to prevent his
2) Obama polled weaker among women
because Clinton polled very
strongly--not because he's inherently
weak here. Outside of Anti-Abortion
prayer meetings, I can't imagine where
Palin really generates much interest.
The reason is that her policies and
positions are the same old policies and
positions that have attempted to turn
back the clock on all that women have
fought so hard for (respect, equal
access, equal pay, etc.). She's just
another Republican with a pretty face
(and perhaps some other assets based on
the photo). We've had eight years of
average to mediocre (and worse)
Republican rule. Want
heard that that photo was "shopped"
and I have no idea how to tell. My
thoughts though are that it is as
valid as McCains black baby and the
Swift Boat Vets, so spread it far
and wide and even a little bit
Bend Democrats fundraiser yesterday was a delightful
success and we'll be posting pictures soon. Plus,
I'm gonna have some real cool things to pry you away
from your hard-earned money to help Democrats and get
something cool in return.
Check back later this week when I have time to scan
some stuff. I'm talking really, really cool.
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.