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Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up W/16th Century Cattle Rustling Painting

Here is the weekly posting of the most recent Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. The round-up is at the bottom of this post.

With the round-up this week is a 16th-century painting of cattle rustling.

You think of cattle rustling and cattle raids as something that took place in Texas and in the old west back in cowboy days.

But people have been raiding cattle for a long time.  I guess stealing cattle is good way to get some steak.

The painting above depicts a scene from the Swabian War. This is a war that took place in Germany and Austria in 1499. I had never heard of this war until this evening.

The artist is Luzerner Schilling. Artist Schilling completed this painting in 1513.

The excellent Handbook of Texas Online has facts on cattle rusting in Texas.

From the Handbook—

“Most rustlers of the open-range era were cowboys who had drifted into dubious practices. They knew the cattle country and were adept at roping, branding, and trailing. One needed only to buy a few cows, register a brand, and begin branding strays. Many cowboys’ herds increased so rapidly that some ranchmen refused to hire any hand who had stock of his own. The altering of brands was a frequent practice among rustlers. Instead of the stamp iron used by most cattlemen, the rustler used a running iron-a straight rod with a curve at the heated end. When this was outlawed, he sometimes used a piece of heavy wire that he could bend into any shape and carry in his pocket.”

Here is a 2007 San Francisco Chronicle story about cattle rustling in modern day California.

Here is the round-up. None of these posts have been rustled. The bloggers wrote them on their own.

Last week TXsharon at BLUEDAZE made a video statement at the EPA public hearing on the proposed ozone standards.

Who needs a proctologist when you have former state representative Rick Green running for the Texas Supreme Court? John Coby at Bay Area Houston has a bigger-than-usual pain in his ass.

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy looks at the voter turnout in the Bryan and College Station municipal elections and has to ask the question: does minority rule? Teddy also unpacks the misleading poll on health care reform that the Chamber of Commerce commissioned to attack Democrats in conservative congressional districts. Left of College Station also covers the week in headlines.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants to know why monuments to racism and fear are so important to Republicans. Why not spend taxpayer dollars on something constructive like education or health care?

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the continuation of skyrocketing homeowners insurance rates in Texas: Homeowners insurance corporations – increasing our pain while Perry, GOP sit idly by.

Off the Kuff writes about tough times for school districts. Get ready for another school finance lawsuit, because it’s coming sooner or later.

The Texas Cloverleaf tells the Dallas Trinity Tollers I told ya so.

Phillip Martin at Burnt Orange Report has covered Rick Perry’s “secret” border plan in great detail — namely, the lies and politics the governor has thrust into a very serious and dangerous situation along the Texas-Mexico border. Be sure to read Rick Perry’s Political Grandstanding Misrepresents Definition of “Spillover Violence and follow the links at the bottom of that post to learn much, much more.

WhosPlayin’s story last week about a tax-dodging Lewisville city councilman resulted in a tearful admission at the next council meeting, where news cameras were running. WhosPlayin follows up on the results of that meeting, and analyzes the media coverage and truthfulness of the councilman in his response.

As if rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes, and more extreme weather events weren’t bad enough… not the Golden Cheeked Warbler too! Texas Vox is sad to report this week that birds of a feather feel the heat from climate change.

A little March madness in the form of preparations for his Senate district convention overtook PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, and he lumped in two updates on the campaigns of Bill White and Lakeisha Rogers (completely unrelated, trust him).

LibbyShaw over at TexasKaos checks in on Rep. Louie Gohmert, who in speaking to a Tea Bagger rally “declared that ‘demons'” — yes, demons — “have invaded the capital (and likely the souls of Democrats), forcing lawmakers to mislead the public about the content of the health care bill.” Check out the rest of the fun here: TX U.S. House Rep: “Demons have Invaded the Capital”.

March 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. I appreciate your way of mingling arts with issues. Makes it interesting and more striking to hit the target.

    Comment by kamlesh | August 25, 2010

  2. Thank you.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 26, 2010

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