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Final Post Before Rapture

Some folks belive a rapture will take place later today.

I’m not certain how many people believe the world will end today, but there are certainly any number of people in our nation who seem to believe as a general matter that some type of “end times” scenario is possible.

I can understand why people want to go to what they feel will be a better place. Life is often difficult.

I hope there is a rapture today. I have enough confidence in existence to feel that if there is a rapture, that I’ll be in some hopeful place with the people I’ve come to value in life and with all sorts of nice and kind people.

After the rapture, folks remaining in the United States will find no impediment to lowering tax rates to zero, passing all sorts of crazy immigration laws, and allowing guns in grade schools.

If no rapture occurs, I’ll be back with a new blog post tomorrow.

May 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Many Planets Flying Through Interstellar Space—Look For Others On This Path Through Existence

The galaxy may be filled with planets that are not orbiting any sun.

(Above–Interstellar planet as depicted by NASA.)  

From NASA

“Astronomers… have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems. The discovery indicates there are many more free-floating Jupiter-mass planets that can’t be seen. The team estimates there are about twice as many of them as stars. In addition, these worlds are thought to be at least as common as planets that orbit stars. This would add up to hundreds of billions of lone planets in our Milky Way galaxy alone….it is likely that some planets are ejected from their early, turbulent solar systems, due to close gravitational encounters with other planets or stars.”

I can relate to these interstellar planets. I’m certain many people can relate to these planets.

While you may be in a secure orbit in many aspects of your life, it still can be difficult to find a place in existence.

Close encounters with bad people and selfish people can send us out on an uncharted trajectory.

The general tone of our society can make you want to detach yourself from what is taking place.

The good news is that even when flying around on your own, you are in the company of many other such planets.

You are still part of the galaxy as a whole.

In your life, look for those on a similar flight path through existence.

Remain loyal to the things you value and to the best aspects of our society , while seeking out others like yourself who may orbit no specific star.

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Details Of King Street Patriots Tea Party HQ Opening—The Tea Party Sure Does Like To Hang Out With Political Insiders

This past Monday, a local Tea Party cell known as the King Street Patriots opened a new headquarters in Houston. Governor Rick Perry and many other Republican elected officials attended this event.

Top Texas political blogger Stace Medellin attended a protest outside this opening ceremony. Below is a picture that Stace took of freedom-loving Americans participating in the protest—

Thanks to Stace for allowing me to use the picture.

Looks like the insiders and the powerbrokers were all inside with the Tea Party, while the patriots were outside doing the work of holding the powerful to account.

Local Democratic activist Lissa Squires attended the event inside the new Tea Party HQ.

At the end of this post are the notes Ms. Squires took and has been kind enough to allow me post.

Once people see what the Tea Party stands for, they will reject the Tea Party.

I’d just like to note a few things based on my thoughts and on what Ms. Squires observed—

* Look how comfortable the Tea Party already is with power. I thought they were supposed to be everyday citizens holding government accountable. Yet here is the Governor of Texas and many other elected officials in attendance at the big Tea Party event.  

* According to the notes taken by Ms. Squiers, Governor Perry said that there will be enough funding in the Texas budget for schools and nursing homes. Beyond the fact he’s not telling the truth, this is an admission that government has a major role to play in our lives. If Governor Perry must assure even a Tea Party meeting that schools and nursing homes will have adequate public support, what is the objection to any other possible functions of government?   

* One of the elected officials at the Tea Party event was Texas District 134 State Rep. Sarah Davis. In 2008, Ms. Davis supported Hillary Clinton for President. How could Ms. Davis have switched ideologies to such an extent in such a short amount of time? Why would anybody on any side of the ideological divide trust Rep. Davis as a true friend?

* The sonogram bill the Governor mentions, forces women considering an abortion to get an unwanted sonogram and forces doctors to discuss details of the sonogram with the women. No matter what you think about abortion, if the State of Texas can force one type of unwanted medical procedure on free citizens, why can’t it force any other type of medical procedure on Texans?    

* The head of the local Tea Party cell, Catherine Engelbrecht, seems to think that the Tea Party agenda is what God wants for Texans and for our nation.   

* While Republican officeholders backed up the Tea Party, it would have helpful if more elected Democrats had been at the protest.    

* The King Street Patriots assert that they are funded by local donors and not outside wealthy interests.  While–Of course–I’m certain they are telling the truth, it still would be good to see this claim thoroughly investigated.    

Here are Ms. Squires’ notes—-

Main Coordinator/Speaker:   Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of King Street Patriots
Attendees:  Sam Malone, Ted Poe, Rick Perry, Dan Patrick, Kevin Brady, John Culberson, Sarah Davis, approx 200 people
Prayer:  Luis Lopez – Lakewood Church.  From Proverbs: “upright people” quote (main point of prayer)
Opening Comments:  Dr. Steve Steinlight, “Center for Immigration Studies” –  sanctuary cities are countenanced and are dangerous; E-Verify should be mandatory; main way Nazis got power was not enforcing local laws.
Presentation of “Resolution”:  Dan Patrick and Sarah Davis signed a resolution in Austin today and brought it to Kathy Engelbrite for founding the King Street Patriots.  She was also given an American flag. 
Comments by Dan Patrick:  we have balanced the budget with no Rainy Day funds (standing ovation and Perry waving arms over head around and around); schools and nursing homes are funded.
Speech by Governor Perry (began by swinging his suit jacket over his head in a circle):
  • Love of liberty is worth dying for and King Street Patriots understand.  This base of operations will perpetuate the values that make this country great.
  • “New interests” since 2008, (laughs from audience), but we made progress in 2010 and are sending message to so-called progressives that their agenda is not the American agenda
  • I carry a copy of the Constitution in my pocket, thanks to the KSP and Tea Party
  • Carter deflated this country.  Reagan came back with pro-growth and love of country and faith in individuals
  • The liberal mindset of “you need to get by with less, because we are going to take more from you” was partially stopped by Reagan but it is still going on
  • Liberal Utopian Fantasies will kill jobs.  Obama’s bold and liberal efforts are not right and must be stopped
  • D.C. is overstepping its boundaries daily.  It has co-opted the job creation language.
  • Texas is #1!  CEO’s love us because we respect and uphold the 10th Amendment
  • D.C. is Oz.  Its not what the Founding Fathers intended.  Pull back the curtain!  Its time!
  • Its nonsense that we should all look alike and be alike.  We have to compete with each other.  Competition is American.  There’s only been one time that our leader didn’t want us to compete in the Olympics.  (hint, hint)
  • GOP Governors are the answer!  Look at Scott Walker!  People like him and Bobby Jindal can push us to do more.  Private sector will be stronger and wealth will be created.
  • Can’t have money for teachers and cops if there are no entrepreneurs to create the jobs.  We will look like California.
  • Its a pivotal time now.  Only 2 weeks left in Austin and much pressure to spend money.  But we weren’t kidding in 2010!  NO SPENDING!!  Call everyday.  We need to hear from you. 
  • Still doing Voter ID and Sonogram Bill – We are sending a message to the country:  Watch us!  Be impressed!
  • The Loser Pays bill puts us over the top, better than we already are, into the stratosphere.  I told Haley Barbour I was going to do this and he said, Rick, if you do this you can put a toll road on every highway that goes into Texas!  (much laughter and applause)  We are setting standards!  We say NO to special interests.
  • The main point, the main thing we have to do, the purpose of the KSP, is to rally Americans to defend their freedom like Paul Revere did.
Closing comments by Ted Poe:  No one goes to war for bigger government and more government programs.  We have to stand up for our rights.  Obama doesn’t own our oil and natural resources.
Closing comments by Kathy Engelbrite:  We need a True America with true elections.  Thats what True the Vote is for.  We have to focus on moving Forward, and that’s why Forward is our logo.  We do this for our children.  Its on us!  We are called to believe!  We can change our country back to the founding principles that we want, that we need, and that God intended for us to have.
Announcement that IPad electronic donation takers were in each corner – had large signs indicating where they were stationed.  Envelopes were passed around to also put donations in.  Large scoll-type banners with quotes and sayings hung on every wall.  Thanks given to all who built the stage, arranged for building to be turned into new office, made donations to get new furniture and decorations.

May 19, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Observation About Death

When my father was dying in March, I’d look at him eating a meal, or at whatever little else he was able to do, and see how clearly apart he was from people who’d be alive longer than a few days. The more people in the room, the more alone he appeared. Now when I sit down for a meal by myself, I have sometimes have this terrible momentary awareness of the fragility of the individual.

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Please Stop Littering In Tony Marron Park In Houston—How About Some Self-Respect For Ourselves As Everyday People?

May I please ask people to stop littering Tony Marron Park in Houston.

It is a nice park. Why would anybody litter in a nice park that is for all the people?

What is wrong with people?

How we conduct ourselves in a park that belongs to all the people is a measure of self-respect.

We’ve got to respect ourselves as everyday people using the common resources.

May 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

Do More Than Just Drift

The Galveston County Daily News reports that there is an unusual amount of seaweed washing up on Galveston beaches.

Above is a picture I took last week in Galveston. You see that seagull is eating some creature unlucky enough to be caught in a clump of seaweed and washed up on the beach.

This is what happens if you drift through life. You get washed up on the beach and maybe eaten.

Here is a definition of seaweed-

Any of various red, green, or brown algae that live in ocean waters. Some species of seaweed are free-floating, while others are attached to the ocean bottom. Seaweed range from the size of a pinhead to having large fronds (such as those of many kelps) that can be as much as 30.5 m (100 ft) in length. Certain species are used for food (such as nori) and fertilizer, and others are harvested for carrageenan and other substances used as thickening, stabilizing, emulsifying, or suspending agents in industrial, pharmaceutical, and food products. Seaweed is also a natural source of the element iodine, which is otherwise found only in very small amounts.

Here is a link to the well-done Seaweed Site. It will teach you a lot about seaweed.

Here is information from NOAA about deep water seaweed in the Gulf of Mexico.

Below is a picture I took last year of some driftwood that got stuck on shore on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River across from Cincinnati.

I don’t want to be driftwood. That log is marooned.

Below is a photo I took few years ago of seaweed and what is, as far as I can see, a sea-tumbleweed.

A tumbleweed just blows around.

This picture was taken on the Gulf of Mexico side of North Padre Island National Seashore just outside of Corpus Christi.

Circumstance plays a great part in life. Sometimes you are just out of luck. But to the extent possible, you’ve got to take command of your fate. Be more than seaweed, driftwood, or a tumbleweed.

Here is the definition of a tumbleweed—-

“Any of various densely branched annual plants, such as amaranth and Russian thistle, that break off from the roots at the end of the growing season and are rolled about by the wind. 


May 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Organic Chemistry Takes Place On Asteroids—Progress Can Be Made Even In A Hostile Environment

The excellent New Scientist Magazine reports that organic chemistry takes places on asteroids that are flying around in space.

(Above–The asteroid known as 951 Gaspra. Here are some facts about asteroids.) 

From New Scientist—

“For the first time, rocks from an asteroid have been shown to power the synthesis of life’s essential chemicals. The asteroid in question fell to Earth on 28 September 1969, landing on the outskirts of the village of Murchison in Victoria, Australia. Tests showed it was laced with amino acids and some of the chemicals found in our genetic material. The discovery suggested that space was not the chemically sterile place it was once thought to be, and that organic chemistry was widespread. It hinted that the molecules life needed to get started could have been produced in space, before dropping to Earth.”

I find this discovery encouraging. Positive–even “creative”— things can happen in an environment as hostile as outer space.

I don’t know about you, but I often feel I must be on the moon or in another galaxy because surely the dumb-assed and mean-spirited behavior I witness and read about each day cannot be of this Earth.

I’m glad that even in what might seem to be a void, hopeful things can happen.

So when you feel you are in a void of decency because of some barbaric public policy idea, or in an intellectual void because everything you are hearing makes so little sense, just think of all those asteroids flying around brewing up various chemicals and amino acids.

It is almost always possible to make some kind of progress.

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Protest At King Street Patriots Tea Party HQ Opening—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

https://texasliberal.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/details-of-king-street-patriots-tea-party-hq-opening-the-tea-party-sure-does-like-to-hang-out-with-political-insiders/ the end of this post is the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best politcal bloggers in Texas.

(Update 5/18/11–Stace Medellin at Dos Centavos has written about the protest that took place. I’ll be making a post on the subject in the next few days.  5/19/11–Here is my post.)   

With the round-up this week is information about the protest to be held this Monday, May 16 at the opening of the new Tea Party headquarters in Houston.

From local politcal blogger Egberto Willies

Are we ready to make a difference? Are we going to stop talking and begin putting our actions where our mouth is? The process of really taking back our country for the middle class from those who are attempting to move it closer to an absolute plutocracy begins now.  I received the following email from a democratic organizer requesting that all Democratic and Progressive groups show up to welcome Governor Rick Perry & GOP Rep Ted Poe at the opening of the King Street Patriots new Headquarters on Monday May 16th. Many Democratic and Progressive groups in the surrounding area will be attending. Let us do our part and go out there with signs and numbers. We must be more effective than the Tea Party.

FROM THE ORGANIZER:
The odious King Street Patriots are having the grand opening of their brand new headquarters up on 290 just south of I-610 on Monday, May 16, 2011. It’s from 7-9 p.m. RICK PERRY is coming to the event. We should welcome them and Gov. Goodhair.

The new headquarters will be located at 7232 Wynnwood Lane in Houston. You can type in “Rally at King Street Patriots” on Facebook and find more details. Or you can just show up at 7 PM at 7232 Wynnwood Lane.

While  my own schedule will not permit me to attend, My hope is that this event is just the first of many such demonstrations in the Houston-area in support of a better future for our city, state, and nation.

The work of freedom is up to each of us.  Every individual has the ability to attend a public meeting, attend or organize a protest, write or call an elected official, talk to friends and family, start a blog, donate money, write a letter to the editor, volunteer for candidates and causes you value, and even run for public office.

Also, our local Tea Party says they operate solely off of donations from average citizens. While–of course–I take everything these folks say at face value, it would be interesting to see this claim throughly examined.

The round-up—

Off the Kuff takes a look at the new House districts to see what opportunities exist for Democrats.

Nat-Wu of Three Wise Men has a post about local elections in Irving.

BossKitty at TruthHugger sees a divided America as easy pickings for anyone who is really organized. If the Tea Party succeeds, America becomes a loose federation of independent states, with all social programs and responsibility for regulation falling into individual state hands. Everyone in each state will foot the bill for services previously funded by the federal government. The Tea Party would replace big government with corporate governance … they don’t want funding for anything because their corporate buddies will be in charge. Federal Government in the crosshairs REDUX — OpEd. Continue reading

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

Netherlands Furniture Designer Offers New Table For Public Consideration—My Small Part In His Work


A few months ago I was driving around Houston and took the photo you see above. I used the picture as a blog post.

The picture of the empty building was seen by blog reader Fernando H. Arias van Oordt. Mr. van Oordt lives in the Netherlands.

Mr. van Oordt designs furniture. He e-mailed me and asked if he could use the picture to help showcase a project he was completing.

It turned out he was working on a table.

At the bottom of this post you see the table. Mr. van Oordt in the Netherlands photoshopped the table into the vacant building I found in Houston.

Here is how Mr. van Oordt described his work in a later e-mail he sent me—

“I don’t know what your view of design is, I guess you might wonder what that thing on top of your picture is. Just to give you an insight in case you’re interested, I work with metal and make limited edition furniture. By experimenting, I found that by pulling flat sheets of metal welded one to the other, it was possible to achieve strong 3d forms. With this concept in mind I built a structure that can pull with a lot of pressure, creating this table with it, It’s a prototype, so I’m now seeing what people’s reactions are towards it, hoping to some day put this concept into production.”

As for my own view of design—since I’ve never been asked this question before and will likely never be asked again—it is minimal.

I express this minimalism by the spare style I try to employ in many blog posts I make.

You’ve got to try to convey as impactful a message as possible in the time the blog reader will allow you until he or she moves on to something else.

Here is a blog post and brief video showing how Mr. van Oordt made the table and giving some more detail on his design ideas.

Here is a web page where Mr. van Oordt has a number of images of the table.

I’m appreciative that Mr. van Oordt has allowed me to be of some small help in his work. It’s an honor that a pro like Mr. van Oordt thought that in some fashion I could compliment his efforts.

I hope Mr. van Oordt will keep Texas Liberal readers up to date on new things he creates.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

In The Midst Of A Drought, Even A Violent Storm Seems Like A Relief

Here is the metaphor I thought of a few hours ago when some strong storms brought some rain to Houston for the first time in months—

“When you are long-suffering from the drought of decency being inflicted by Texas Republican voters and by elected Republicans in Texas in the current legislative session, even a storm with thunder, lightning, hail, and high winds seems like a relief.”

Above is a picture I took of the clouds as the storms approached in the middle of the afternoon. I don’t have a picture from when it was very gusty and raining heavily.

Though since this post is predicated on metaphor, I think the dark clouds in the picture suggest enough to let your imagination do the rest of the work.

I have confidence in you.

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vending Machine Theft—Who Is Most Likely To Steal?

These are two soda vending machines at the Bolivar Ferry terminal in Galveston, Texas.

I was not certain if they were caged in to prevent people from busting them open and taking the money, or to prevent the machines themselves from being stolen.

It did appear there was enough room through the bars to stick you arm in and buy a drink.

The Bolivar Ferry is a free service of the Texas Department of Transportation that somehow escapes Tea Party/Republican Party accusations of being a socialist front.

In the case of these machines, it seems a concern is that people might steal from government rather than the often heard lament that government is ripping off the people.

May 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Millions Of Americans Would Lose Health Coverage Under Paul Ryan/Republican Budget—It Could Easily Be Any One Of Us

The non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation has reported that up to 44 million Americans could lose health coverage under the radical budget proposed by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

From Kaiser—

“This analysis projects the state-by-state impact of converting Medicaid into a block grant and eliminating the planned expansion of the program by repealing the health reform law, as called for under the House Budget Plan. It finds that the plan would trigger major reductions in Medicaid program spending that could result in significant enrollment decreases compared to current projections, a shift with big implications for states, hospitals and tens of millions of low-income Americans who likely would wind up uninsured.”

(Above–The Republicn health care plan–Everyday Americans will be shut out. Picture copyright 2011 Neil Aquino.) 

Who is secure in our changing economy? Almost anyone in our nation could suffer a job loss in the years ahead. This will be the case even after the economy is said to be recovered from the recession.

From the Los Angeles Times

“Hardest hit would be states, many in the South and West, that have not built up their healthcare safety nets in recent years. These states would have received a large influx of federal money in the healthcare law President Obama signed last year. In 2014, the law will make all Americans making less than 133% of the federal poverty level eligible for Medicaid.The House GOP plan, authored by Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would eliminate that expansion and also slash $750 billion in federal spending on Medicaid over the next decade. The plan was approved by the House last month, though it is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate.”

No matter what political party you support—or if you are an independent—can you really trust the Tea Party/Republican Party when you are facing rough times even after years of hard work? Do you think ideological points from an Ayn Rand book will help you get treatment when you are sick? Will you have enough in a 401K to retire? What if the market collapses when it is time to retire?

People have an obligation to work if they are able. Work should pay off with a decent wage, the knowledge that you have coverage if you get sick, and that you will be able to retire and live decently at some point in your life.

The current Republican plans for our nation are so severe that working Americans will not be able to count on any of these things in return for the work they do each day.

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Texas House Passes Tax Cut For Chewing Tobacco—I Am Not Making This Up

I am not making this up—As funds for education and vital state services in Texas are being slashed to the bone in the ongoing legislative session, the Republican-controlled  Texas House of Representatives has passed a tax cut for the purchase of chewing tobacco.

From the Austin American-Statesman

“Members of the Texas House on Wednesday approved a bill to lower a tax on Red Man and other brands of loose-leaf chewing tobacco. When Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland , laid out House Bill 2599, one freshman House member from Central Texas couldn’t believe his ears. “I just had to clarify. It’s cutting taxes to chewing tobacco?” a shocked Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, asked from the floor. Isaac was the only member to question the measure, which passed 83-53. “We just created an incentive for people to use cancer-causing products,” Isaac said after the bill was approved. “When we have the fiscal problems that we have, it’s wrong to be cutting taxes on products like chewing tobacco.”

(Above—Tobacco flower. Photo by William Rafti. Here are facts about the cultivation of tobacco.)   

Already, the Texas House is considering a tax break for the purchase of yachts.

Texas is first in the nation in percentage of people without health insurance. Texas is fighting the federal health care reform law which will expand coverage to millions of Americans.

Yet at the same time, Texas is considering making it more affordable for people to use chewing tobacco.

How any person of any ideological outlook can see this overall course of action as advisable.

Here is what the Mayo Clinic says about the use of chewing tobacco.

The Mayo Clinic does not think that using chewing tobacco is a very good idea.

My friend John Coby has written about this tobacco tax cut at his blog Bay Area Houston.

(Below–People have been chewing tobacco for a long time. They also have been getting sick from chewing tobacco for a long time. Here is a history of the use of tobacco.)  

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Request To Fill Out A Survey—If You Have Time To Read Blogs Than Why Not?

I’ve been requested to ask my readers to consider taking part in a survey of uses and users of online sources of political information being conducted by researcher Tom Johnson.

Mr. Johnson is a senior scholar at the University of Texas School of Journalism.

(Above–A scholar.) 

Mr. Johnson says that most of the people responding have been conservatives. This is fine as far as that goes, but they’d like to balance it out so the survey is more representative of the full electorate.

The survey should take between about 15 – 20 minutes to complete.

You might also wish to consider passing along the link to the survey on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you.

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

President Obama To Visit Texas—How Will He Refrain From Laughing When Some Texans Demand More Federal Help?

President Obama will be Texas today.

The President is scheduled to visit El Paso and Austin.

(Above–President Obama at Texas A & M University in 2009. President Obama and Texans get along just fine–Unless some folks would claim that the photo is a fake.)   

Because the Johnson Space Center Houston was not awarded a retired space shuttle, and because the President has not declared a federal emergency over ongoing wildfires in Texas, some feel Mr. Obama does not like Texas.

This article on the President’s visit to Texas written by Maria Recio at McClatchy Newspapers has the following quote–

“You can almost make the case the administration has a vendetta against Texas,” said Republican Rep. Michael Burgess.

Congressman Burgess has also been going around talking about fictitious death panels as a part of Health Care Reform.

Why would anybody not like such a fine person?

The federal government has helped Texas with the wildfires—

“Current federal aid covers 75 percent of Texas’s costs for emergency response work, such as evacuations, equipment, field camps and meals for firefighters, police barricading and traffic control. The agency’s regional office in Denton continues to monitor the situation and work closely with Texas Forest Service and Texas Division of Emergency Management, FEMA officials say. In addition, firefighting teams from more than 30 states have provided state-to-state support for firefighting efforts in Texas.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry has asked why parts tornado ravaged Alabama have been declared disaster zones while  Texas has not been so designated.

From our Governor—

“You have to ask, ‘Why are you taking care of Alabama and other states?’ I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail…” 

What a decent Christian man.

If it is all about a political grudge, why should President Obama help Alabama anymore than he should assist Texas? Barack Obama won 39% of the vote in Alabama in 2008. He lost Texas with 44% of the vote.

The President is not going to win Alabama in 2012.

Here is the bottom line—

Rick Perry and Texas accepted many billions of dollars of Barack Obama approved federal stimulus dollars. 

The federal government has helped Texas with the wildfires.  Tea Party supporters and other Republicans and others are free to form a battalion citizen volunteers to help Texans deal with the problems presented by wildfires. To this point, though the fires have been going on for some weeks now, I’m not aware of any so-assembled  citizen-volunteers.

* The Lyndon B. Johnson  Space Center was a gift to Texas from a Texas politician who looked up to Franklin D. Roosevelt as a hero. You’d think that conservative Texans would be demanding that the federally operated  Space Center be removed from Texas as an intrusion upon our states rights and sense of self -reliance.

It is not that I view Barack Obama with an uncritical eye, it is just that opposition to him in some quarters of Texas is so extreme that you can’t but help to be glad to see the guy in the Lone Star State. You’ve got to appreciate him for the enemies he has made.

The bad news for Texans is that these enemies, maybe 20% of all Texans, are the people who vote in Republican primaries. This angry minority is doing great harm to public education and public health in Texas.

May 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment