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Hank Gilbert For Texas Agriculture Commissioner–Why You Should Support Mr. Gilbert

(Blogger’s Note–This is post, with minor edits, that I ran before the Democratic primary last March. I supported Mr. Gilbert at that point I still support him today.)

I support Hank Gilbert for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

(Above—A Texas Longhorn. The leading agricultural exports of Texas are live animals and red meat. Here are facts about Texas Longhorns.)

Here is the web home for Mr. Gilbert’s campaign.

Why do I support Mr. Gilbert?

Here is why—

1. Mr. Gilbert has extensive education and experience in agriculture. Here are some facts about Mr. Gilbert

“Hank earned his bachelors degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M, where he was the Student Council representative for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and was also a recruiter for the Agricultural Education Department. Upon graduation, Hank was hired to teach high school agriculture in East Texas where he worked for 13 years. Since leaving the teaching profession, Hank has continued to work with agricultural youth, both as a volunteer 4-H leader in his community and with the local FFA chapter. In 2005, Hank created the East Texas Jr. Invitational Livestock Expo in Smith County, Texas. To date, this show has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to its participants to support their educational pursuits.2. Mr. Gilbert is committed to making the Texas Department of Agriculture a friend of the small Texas farmer. He will be aggressive in promoting Texas  agriculture to ever wider markets and he will advocate for organic and sustainable farming methods in our state.” Continue reading

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October 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Dem Ag Commissioner Candidate Hank Gilbert Blasts Incumbent Staples On Texas Bed Bug Infestation

Hank Gilbert, the Democratic nominee for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, says that incumbent Commissioner Todd Staples has not taken necessary steps to stop bedbug infestation in Texas.

(Above–Hank Gilbert–As American as Amber Waves of Grain.)

Mr. Staples has been more concerned with his buddies in the pest control industry, than he has been with the best interests of the people of Texas.

In addition, Mr. Staples is not doing all he can to educate Texans about how to prevent bed bug infestation.

Please visit Mr. Gilbert’s campaign web home.  The Governor’s race gets the attention, but all the statewide races impact people’s lives in our Great State of Texas.

Here is my post from earlier his year in support of Mr. Gilbert.

Below is Mr. Gilbert’s press release on this important subject.

Bed bugs might make you giggle, but you won’t be giggling if they get into your home and into your bed.

Here are some facts on spotting and preventing bed bugs.

Bed bugs are advancing across Texas. Mr. Staples does not seem to care. The Texas Department of Agriculture needs to step up and put everyday Texans before big money political donations.

The release—

TYLER-Hank Gilbert, the Texas Democratic Party’s nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, questioned Wednesday why the Texas Department of Agriculture, the state agency in charge of pesticide regulation, has been silent on the epidemic of bed bugs sweeping the state from Odessa to Fort Worth to San Antonio.

“Given the issues in other states with the misapplication of commercial pesticides to combat the bed bug epidemic, it is astonishing that the Texas Department of Agriculture isn’t doing a thing to inform and educate consumers about the dangers of pesticide misapplication or in how to find applicators licensed to treat bed bugs,” Gilbert said.

“The EPA recently issued a warning to consumers about using chemicals meant for outdoor use inside to treat bedbugs, and warned consumers about unscrupulous pest control companies trying to take advantage of people with bedbug problems. It is inexcusable that Todd Staples is abdicating his responsibility to protect Texans to the federal government when he is in charge of the agency that regulates pest control in Texas,” Gilbert said. Continue reading

September 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Hank Gilbert For Texas Commissioner Of Agriculture—Why You Should Support Hank Gilbert

I support Hank Gilbert in the Democratic primary for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

(Above—A Texas Longhorn. The leading agricultural exports of Texas are live animals and red meat. Here are facts about Texas Longhorns.)

Here is the web home for Mr. Gilbert’s campaign.

The primary is March 2.  Early voting begins February 16. Here are facts about early voting in Texas.

Why do I support Mr. Gilbert?

Here is why—

1. Mr. Gilbert has extensive education and experience in agriculture. Here are some facts about Mr. Gilbert

“Hank earned his bachelors degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M, where he was the Student Council representative for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and was also a recruiter for the Agricultural Education Department. Upon graduation, Hank was hired to teach high school agriculture in East Texas where he worked for 13 years. Since leaving the teaching profession, Hank has continued to work with agricultural youth, both as a volunteer 4-H leader in his community and with the local FFA chapter. In 2005, Hank created the East Texas Jr. Invitational Livestock Expo in Smith County, Texas. To date, this show has awarded over $75,000 in scholarships to its participants to support their educational pursuits.2. Mr. Gilbert is committed to making the Texas Department of Agriculture a friend of the small Texas farmer. He will be aggressive in promoting Texas  agriculture to ever wider markets and he will advocate for organic and sustainable farming methods in our state.”

(Below–Watermelon is an important Texas crop. Here are facts about watermelon production in Texas from Texas A & M. A & M has an entire program about the growing and the study of watermelons.)

2. Mr. Gilbert will advocate for small Texas farmers. Mr. Gilbert will work hard to promote Texas agriculture to ever wider markets and he will support organic and sustainable farming methods in Texas.

Here is the link to Mr. Gilbert’s plan for Texas agriculture.

3. Mr. Gilbert is an energetic campaigner who will work to help elect Democrats throughout Texas.

Please consider voting for Mr. Gilbert in the 2010 Texas Democratic primary.

Here is a brief description of all the candidates running for Agriculture Commissioner from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Here is the Texas Farm Bureau.

Here are facts about Texas agriculture from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

( Aquaculture is a part of Texas Agriculture. Below you see the Channel Catfish. This fish is farmed in Texas. Here is the Texas Aquaculture Association. )

February 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—The Work Of Freedom Is Up To Each Of Us

Here is the weekly posting of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas. TPA members are citizen-bloggers working for a better Texas.

(Above map by TUBS.)

Every Texan and every American 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, engage in acts of civil disobedience, and to run for public office.

I run these words each week in this space. This is because there is nothing more important that I can tell you.

The work of freedom and justice is up to each of us.

Here is the round-up—

There will be no Medicaid expansion in Texas. Off the Kuff discusses why this is such a bad thing.  

BossKitty at TruthHugger knows that hate groups abound in Texas, but is very concerned about the recent developments demonstrating American undercurrents of hate threatening the First Lady.

Is the leading GOP US Senate candidate so far to the right that so-called moderate Republicans would cross over and vote for the Democratic candidate in November? That’s what WCNews at Eye on Williamson tries to get to the bottom of, in “Would a Cruz win end the crossover myth?
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July 22, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Even At Texas State Capitol, U.S. Flag Flies Above Texas Flag—TPA Blogger Round-Up

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

With the round-up this week is a picture of the Texas State Capitol that I took from Wikipedia. You’ll notice in this photo that the U.S. flag is above the Texas flag.

This is just how it should be. The states derive their existence from the fact of our federal union taken as a whole.

For all the blustery talk about states rights and all that jazz, we see the real facts even at the Texas State Capitol.

TPA bloggers never rest in bringing you the facts about what is going on in Texas politics.

Please visit TPA bloggers every chance you get.

Here is the round-up—

Off the Kuff published interviews with Democratic candidates Jeff WeemsHector Uribe, and Hank Gilbert.

BossKitty at TruthHugger is disgusted again. This is a very serious election, but America is the deer in the headlights and appears to be frozen. So the last thing he wants to hear is “its a TRUCK”! This election is all spin and conspiracy (not that previous elections haven’t been) but this one is critical because it’s hinting at rolling back what progress has been achieved. Israel is sliding, America is sliding and the radicals are ready. This is NOT the choice American’s should face.

Matthew Dowd, a Bushbot, longs for the glory days of the Bush presidency and envisions Rick Perry as president. That sound you hear is CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme retching uncontrollably. Continue reading

October 17, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Please Visit Texas Progressive Alliance Bloggers Every Chance You Get

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

(Above—A Texas scene. Though I suppose it could be from any number of other states as well. The caption on the photo said Texas.)

Please visit TPA bloggers every chance you get.

The round-up—

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts about Rick Perry still in denial about the economy in Texas: Trying to make a living in the best state not to have a job in.

Off the Kuff examined the possibility of a Libertarian effect on the governor’s race.

Bay Area Houston has an opinion on Renew Houston’s new tax for drainage improvements.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme thinks that the Republican running for Harris County Clerk is an idiot.

News you won’t hear on the Lamestream Media this week is that the conservative/TeaBag/GOP momentum peaked three weeks too soon, while the liberal/progressive/Democratic momentum is surging. You can wait a month and learn what happened on FOX … or you can read all about it now at PDiddie’s Brains and Eggs. Continue reading

October 10, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

I Support Green Candidate Edward Lindsay For Texas State Comptroller—Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

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

With the round-up is a picture I took last week of Edward Lindsay. Mr. Lindsay is the Green Party candidate for Texas State Comptroller.

There is no Democrat running for Comptroller. If Mr. Lindsay gets 5% of the statewide vote, then the Green Party gets automatic ballot access statewide in Texas for 2012.

I’m going to vote for Mr. Lindsay and I hope he reaches 5%. I think Texans would benefit from a Green option in 2012.

Many Democrats care a lot about the people they represent. Other Democrats are beholden to corporate interests and/or are complacent in safe districts that often have serious problems of poverty.

This is my own view. I’m not speaking for the TPA or for TPA member blogs.

Here’s the round-up—

This week on Left of College Station Teddy analyzes the positions Chet Edwards and Bill Flores take on American foreign policy, and looks at the polls as the primaries end and the general election begins. Left of College Station also covers the week in headlines.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that Texas remains 6th in the nation as poverty levels soar. What are Republicans doing about it? Defunding education and health care, two of the most important pillars of success for Texans.

It’s been a terrible week for Todd StaplesMcBlogger notes that it’s rare for the failure of a public official to be so glaringly obvious. It’s exceedingly rare for the coverup of that failure to be bungled quite so badly. Then again, it’s not often that said public official is facing Hank Gilbert.

Off the Kuff commented on the proposal to create an elections administrator in Harris County.

Both Rick Perry and Todd Staples committed their own comedies of errors, preserved forever on video. See PDiddie’s Brains and Eggs and LYAO.

Dembones at Eye On Williamson highlights the less-than-truthful attack of Diana Maldonado’s opponents in Maldonado fires back over debate flap.

At TexasKaos, lightseeker takes on the overblown conventional wisdom of a Republican landslide in November. Give a read: Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Midterms.

Neil at Texas Liberal used a picture he took this week of an unattended lifeguard station in Galveston to show how the Tea Party/Republican Party would govern America.

September 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

No Tea At Tea Party Event—TPA Round-Up

Above you see a picture of the offerings at the King Street Patriots Tea Party press conference that I attended two day ago.

There were cookies and water. But no tea.

I wish there had been a Long Island Iced Tea.

I did have a cookie.

I attended this press conference to learn about Tea Party and Republican efforts to suppress the vote in Harris County in order to help far-right wing candidates.

At the moment, these folks are harassing the Houston Votes registration drive in the county. On Election Day and for early voting, they intend to send out poll watchers to quite possible intimidate poor voters and minority voters.

We must support Houston Votes as we support freedom and the American Way.

Also, please note below the weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Liberal political activists work hard to include all people in our democracy. What a contrast from the Tea Party gospel of exclusion.

The round-up—

This past week Off the Kuff did three interviews with State House candidates — Joe MontemayorRick Molina, and Silvia Mintz.

Bay Area Houston wonders why the Texas Federation of Pecker Heads have have endorsed Rick Perry.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme calls out all Republicans clamoring for ‘small government’. Why do Republicans want more tainted food and another BP disaster? Continue reading

August 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Illustration Of Reach And Impact Of Texas Progressive Alliance Bloggers

Here is the latest edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Please visit these fine Texas bloggers. They are doing what they can to make Texas and the world a better place.

Above you see an illustration of the influence of TPA bloggers.

It is global.

Anywhere in the world you can rustle up an internet connection, you can read our blogs.

Next time you are in Paris or Egypt, you could read Texas Liberal before you see the sites.

In addition to all the fine TPA blogs, the great Amarillo political blog Jobsanger is offering world-altering commentary each day.

And don’t forget my friend Sarah V. in San Antonio and her travel blog Wandering Off.

Here is the round-up—

WhosPlayin posted a document explaining the link between benzene and natural gas drilling and production operations, and examining a few recent air quality studies in the Barnett Shale.

The Texas State Board of Education helps their cronies out and undermines public education with one swift move to support charter schools with our money. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme seeshedge fund operators racking up the $$.

Off the Kuff took a look at campaign finance reports for Harris County candidates and State Reps. Along the way, he answered the burning question “What kind of man subscribes to Glamour magazine?”

This week, Hank Gilbert continued to dominate Todd Sleazy Staples. See the latest at McBlogger. Continue reading

August 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

Here is the most recent edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance round-up. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

TPA bloggers are doing a good job in a harsh world. Please visit these blogs as often as you are able.

Neil at Texas Liberal visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science and took a picture of the corpse flower. The flower will smell like rotten flesh when it blooms. This has been a major topic of conversation in Houston over the past week.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is happy that over 700,000 Texans will now be able to get health insurance despite the negative efforts of John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Bay Area Houston has a lot to discuss, like the Socialist Republican, the Freedom Kissing in the Galveston GOP, and the WARTS of America.

Off the Kuff wrote about a new report on water conservation from the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation. Continue reading

July 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Federal Government Structure Built In Texas W/ Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up

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

With the round-up this week, I’m including two pictures of the United States Customs House in Galveston, Texas. This building was the first building constructed in Texas for use by the federal government.

The structure you see above is the customs house. It now the home of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

The building was completed in 1861. While it was occupied by Confederate traitors, our Federal government took the building back soon enough.

As you see with the plaque below, the federal government has long been active in Texas.  This remains the case today, even while Governor Rick Perry talks about secession, as many Texas Republican lawmakers seek large amounts of  money from the federal government.

Here is a link to a video I made where I read the Federalist papers on the grounds of the San Jacinto battlefield. This is where Texas won independence from Mexico.  All places are the right places to assert the supremacy of the federal government over the states.

Here is the round up—

This week on Left of College Station, Teddy takes a look at the beginning of the campaign for CD-17 between Chet Edwards and Bill Flores. Also, Teddy covers money in local politics by looking at the campaign finance reports of College Station and Bryan municipal candidates. LoCS also covers the week in headlines.

TXsharon of BLUEDAZE: Drilling Reform for Texas stepped in DoodyGate this week! It appears Range Resources fabricated a toxic spill to cover up their illegal dump. When a toxic spill causes less hassle than doody, you know the Texas Railroad Commission “regulations” need updating. Will the City of Denton exercise their new found powers?

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme urges you to tell the Texas Legislature that legalizing drugs will stop the border violence. No drug profits. No drug war.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the Texas GOP’s ploy to raise taxes next year, if they’re left in power, and then blame it on Obama. Let’s stop them: Dewhurst lets the cat out of the bag. Continue reading

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

The Texas Liberal 2010 Texas Democratic Primary Endorsement Slate

Here is the Texas Liberal slate of endorsements for the 2010 Texas Democratic Primary.

You’ll note that I have not endorsed a candidate for most races in Harris County and that I’ve left out a few statewide offices.

I had planned to at least figure out all the statewide candidates, but I was in Ohio all last week and just could not find the time upon my return.

There are so many people running for all these judgeships in Harris County. Who the hell are all these people?

I promise I will study the candidates before I vote Tuesday. I’m a good citizen As for the candidates I have selected, you can bet your bottom dollar that I know just what I am talking about.

Each endorsement is linked to the post I write for the candidate in question.

Here we go—

Governor—Bill White

Lieutenant Governor—Linda Chavez-Thompson

Commissioner of Agriculture—Hank Gilbert

Texas State House District 146—Borris Miles

Judge 313th Juvenile Court—Marc Isenberg

Harris County Criminal Court At Law #9—Sylvia Pubchara-Munoz

For some of the other races on our primary ballot, please consult my friend Perry Dorrell at Brains & Eggs. Perry is a good liberal.

Another trusted source for endorsements is the Houston political blog Dos Centavos.

You could also use this resource at the Houston blog Off The Kuff.

The Houston League of Women Voters has a voter’s guide for the primary.

March 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Harris County AFL-CIO Endorsements—Including Terrible Selection Of Edwards Over Miles

As I never weary of telling folks, I was in 1997 a Stonewall Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for the Cincinnati Board of Education.

Here in Houston and Harris County, the local GLBT endorsements get some notice. However, the Harris County AFL-CIO Labor Council endorsements get less play.

So–in appreciation for the  endorsement in Cincinnati 13 years ago, here are the Harris County AFL-CIO endorsements.

Please note however, that the pick in Texas State House District 146 is a terrible pick. Mr. Edwards has often sided with the most conservative and reactionary of Republicans in Austin. Borris Miles is the best selection in 146.

United States Congress
9th District – Al Green
18th District – Sheila Jackson Lee
22nd District – Doug Blatt
29th District – Gene Green

Governor – Bill White
Lt. Governor – Linda Chavez Thompson
Attorney General – Barbara Ann Radnofsky
Comptroller – No Endorsement
Land Commissioner – Hector Uribe
Agricultural Commissioner – Hank Gilbert
Railroad Commissioner – Jeff Weems
Texas Supreme Court, Place 3 – Jim Sharp
Texas Supreme Court, Place 5 – Bill Moody
Texas Supreme Court, Place 9 – Blake Bailey
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 – No Endorsement
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5 – No Endorsement
Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6 – Keith Hampton
Chair, Texas Democratic Party – Boyd Richie

State House of Representatives
State Representative 146 – Al Edwards

County Administration
County Clerk – Sue Smith Schechter
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March 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

I Support Linda Chavez-Thompson For Lt. Governor Of Texas—Why You Should Vote For Ms. Chavez-Thompson

I am voting for Linda Chavez-Thompson for Lieutenant Governor of Texas in the Democratic Primary to be held on March 2.

(Above—Ms. Chavez-Thompson.)

Early voting is taking place now. Here are facts about early voting in Texas.

Here is a brief overview of this race from The Dallas Morning News.

The  Lieutenant Governor is important in Texas. The Lt. Governor presides over the Texas State Senate. He or she can appoint standing committees and select who will serve on these committees. The Lt. Governor picks committee chairpersons and is the final arbiter of the rules of the Senate. Here is further explanation of the role of the Lt. Governor.

Why do I feel that Linda Chavez-Thompson is the best person for this job?

Here is why—

1. A daughter of immigrant sharecroppers, Ms. Chavez-Thompson has kept faith with working people. Ms. Chavez-Thompson has rooted her professional and political life in concern for others.

From the Chavez-Thompson campaign—

“Linda Chavez-Thompson’s.. story began when she was born in Lorenzo, Texas.  At.. ten, she started working for thirty-cents an hour hoeing cotton… In ninth grade, she had to leave school and to go to work full time to support her family. She continued picking cotton in the fall months and cleaning homes…to earn enough money to buy clothes and food for her family…In December 1967, she was hired as a Secretary at the Constitution Laborer’s Union in Lubbock, Texas. Over the next forty years, Chavez-Thompson kept working.. on behalf of working people, fighting to bring fairness and opportunity to Texans… Her work with unions culminated in 1995, when she was elected Executive Vice-President of the National AFL-CIO, the first woman and the first person of color to hold that position. In January of 1997, Chavez-Thompson was elected to serve as Vice Chair  of the Democratic National Committee.”

(Below—Francis Lubbock was both a Lieutenant Governor and a Governor of Texas. Unlike Governor Lubbock, who led Texas during the Civil War, Ms. Chavez-Thompson will not agree to leave the union if Governor Rick Perry leads Texas to secede.)

2.  Ms. Chavez-Thompson has pledged to push the expansion of children’s health insurance programs in Texas. This is very much needed in our state.

3. As proven organizer, Ms. Chavez-Thompson will offer the Texas Democratic Party needed skills in rallying more Democratic voters to go to the polls this November and beyond 2010. There is no good reason that a majority-minority state with many large urban centers should be so strongly Republican.

Other Texas bloggers have endorsed Ms. Chavez-Thompson as well. These bloggers include Mean Rachel, Dos CentavosBay Area Houston, Musings , and  Burnt Orange Report.

Please consider voting for Linda Chavez-Thompson in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of Texas.

Here is my endorsement of Hank Gilbert in the Democratic primary for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

(Below–A mural in Ms. Chavez-Thompson’s hometown of Lorenzo, Texas. Here is the city web home for Lorenzo. Here is a history of Lorenzo from the Handbook of Texas Online.  Lorenzo is near Lubbock and had a 2000 population of 1,372. The town is part of Crosby County.)

February 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Texas Progressive Alliance Round-Up—Photo Of A Lousy Way To Spend Christmas Night

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

The photo above is of a bus that broke down on Westheimer Avenue in Houston on Christmas Night.

I was out taking a Christmas Night ride—because as much as I love my wife, I need time to myself—and saw this scene of a Houston Metro police car behind a Houston Metro bus. (I pulled over to take this picture.)

There were people out in the cold boarding a replacement bus. What you see in the picture is the broken-down bus.

I thought to myself what a lousy way to spend Christmas. The people on the bus likely had to work the holiday. Then they had to wait for the bus to come on what was no doubt a reduced holiday schedule. And, finally, the bus broke down.

I hope Christmas Day had some up moments for the bus passangers and for the bus driver. I hope that you and yours had a nice and safe holiday.

The round-up—-

As the deadline to file for a place on the 2010 March primary ballot drew near, there was lots of activity on the Democratic side: Kinky Friedman followed Hank Gilbert over to the race for agriculture commissioner, Linda Chavez-Thompson was rumored to be running for lt. governor, and, late on Friday, Ronnie Earle dropped his name in the hat for that same post. There’s more on all this news from PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.

BARNETT SHALE GAS THREATENS HUMAN HEALTH ! TXsharon posted the final results of the DISH, TX health survey at Bluedaze.

WhosPlayin broke the story about a former Republican county commissioner who got arrested this week for shoplifting a vacuum cleaner.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why some men in power (herehereherehere and here) think that abusing women and children is their right? Why does Senator Cornyn choose to enable rapists?

Over at Bay Area Houston, John Coby is bored and thinks Kay Bailey Hutchison’s commercial sounds like a Whataburger commercial.

Looking for ways to green up your life? Start by making some thoughtful changes to the way you spend your holiday, and check out Texas Vox’ Green Up Your Life: Holiday Edition for tips and tricks!

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote about the fifth anniversary of the terrible Indian Ocean tsunami, in Five Years Since Terrible Indian Ocean Tsunamia –People Are Recovering. While many are still suffering from the impact of this killer wave, there are also many who are recovering and getting back their lives.

The folks over at McBlogger are desperate for your help! Find out how you can do them a solid when you help get a planet named for the blog! Continue reading

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment