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If Houston Can Find $24 Million For More Police, Maybe We Can Also Find Money For More Library Books


The City of Houston has somehow found $24 million dollars for more police and for more overtime for police.

If I suggested Houston find some extra money to give people health insurance or buy some more books for the library, I’d be told we don’t have the money.

I’d have somebody like the depressing, imagination-stifling Annise Parker, our City Controller, tell me to be “realistic.” She’d tell me we have to focus on what we can get done. That we must be “pragmatic.” 

But we sure did find money for more police.

Maybe we need more police. Fine.

We need a lot of things in Houston.

Now let’s find money for health insurance for Houston residents, more books in the library, more and better parks and better wages for city employees.    

Government and politics are at core about imagination. Let’s imagine something more than just a wild west city full of cops.      

The above picture is of a police car of the Devon and Cornwall Police in England. It looks like a fuel-efficient Ford Focus. Maybe HPD could ditch the use of SUV’s and use these little cars instead. That would save some money.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Houston, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

Ambulocetus—Or Walking Whale—Is Marine Mammal Of The Week


The Ambulocetus—or walking whale—is the Texas Liberal Marine Mammal of the week. This creature is the first extinct mammal to be selected. 

Don’t feel bad for the extinct Ambulocetus. We will all go the way of this creature.

It’s full scientific name is Ambulocetus Natens. This means “swimming whale that walks.”

It could walk around on land and could also swim quite well. 

The Ambulocetus lived around 50 million years ago. It’s remains have been found so far only in parts of Pakistan and India.

Click here for a great painting of what this creature may have looked like eating some type of horse-like animal.  

The Ambulocetus is seen as a transitional animal on the path towards whales becoming fully aquatic mammals. It is termed as a kind of proto-whale

We are all in stages of transition. Though living entirely in water is quite a commitment. 

The Ambulocetus snared its prey much like a crocodile. It lurked by the shore waiting for some unlucky animal to get too close.  

I wish I could go back in time and see this beast.

Please click here for other Texas Liberal sea life posts and, as this is a political blog, please don’t forget that health care for all is only going to come when government gets involved. That is the only way everybody is going to get covered.

October 5, 2007 Posted by | Sea Life | , , , | Leave a comment