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I’m Big Enough To Admit I’m Afraid Of My Own Shadow—Why Don’t Right-Wingers Admit That Fear Is What Moves Them?

I’m big enough to admit that I am afraid of my own shadow.

I never know what it is going to do next. Look at that picture—I feel my shadow is staring right back at me.

I wish some of these paranoid Obama-haters and government-haters would admit that at core they are afraid of a changing America.

They are afraid of the very nation they live in and that they are citizens of. 

I’m tired of progress in this country being held back by people who are afraid, but who hide that fear with ceaseless anger and by being reflexively obstructionist.

Let go folks. Let’s move ahead so we can have more decent lives.

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up With Cotton Bale Compressing Machine Photo

Image, Source: intermediary roll film

Below is the weekly Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The Texas Progressive Alliance is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Above is a picture from 1939 of men putting bales of  cotton into a compressing machine that shrinks the size of the bale. The picture was taken in Houston. The photographer was a John Lee and is part of the American Memory series of the Library of Congress. 

If you would like to buy an updated machine of this kind from South Korea, here is your chance. Here is information about what it was like to work a machine such as the one you see in the picture. The link is to the Folklife in Louisiana web site.

The round-up–

The Texas Cloverleafwonders why only one person showed up to a budget meeting where taxes are being increased in Denton County. No tea bags left?

Neil at Texas Liberal offered the fullest extension of the back of his hand to opponents of Houston’s Ashby high-rise.

TXsharon at Bluedaze wonders what Governor Perry is thinking to appoint a global warming denier as the highest environmental official in Texas at a time when polling shows Americans support Obama on reducing greenhouse emissions and when the EPA has just confirmed water contaminated with hydraulic fracture fluid. Maybe the question should be: Does Perry think?

South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Medicare is a PUBLIC heath care option. Ciro, stand up. Henry, wise up.

Bay Area Houstonhas video of Republican Pete Olson punking himself at his own town hall meeting while trying to use a sick kid for political gain. Continue reading

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment