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Republican Texas State Rep. Joe Driver Takes Public Money He Has No Right To Receive

Republican Texas State Representative  Joe Driver of Garland has been billing the State of Texas for travel that has also been paid for by his campaign.

From the Houston Chronicle—

“Over the years Driver has double-billed for numerous Southwest Airlines tickets to Austin from his Dallas-area district “to attend to legislative duties,” records show. But his biggest reimbursements came during legislative conferences held out of state. In August 2006, Driver’s campaign paid $1,122.06 for him to stay at the Hotel Palomar in San Francisco to attend the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council. Reports show the campaign also paid $450 in registration fees and a United Airlines flight for $849.19.All of the receipts for those expenses were then submitted to the state for reimbursements. The state wouldn’t pay $10.80 for the movie Driver watched, but it picked up the balance for the Hotel Palomar, paid him for the registration fee and another $800 for the United Airline tickets — the maximum amount the state would pay for the flights. On that trip, at least $2,361.26 was double-billed, records show.”

(Above–San Francisco.)

Mr. Driver represents the 113th House District of Texas.

No person of any political party can defend this type conduct.

Mr. Driver, who won reelection in 2008 with 59% of the vote, has a strong challenger in 2010. Her name is Jamie Dorris.

Here is the campaign web home for Ms. Dorris.

Mr. Driver says he is a conservative. Yet he takes government money he has no right to receive.

This fact makes Mr. Driver neither a conservative or a liberal. It simply makes him a wrongdoer.

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

1896 Painting Of Alley In San Francisco’s Chinatown

Above is a painting of an alley in San Francisco’s Chinatown. The painting is from 1896. The artist  was a C.P. Nelson.

The painting is taken from an online exhibit called The Chinese in California 1850-1925. Please click here to see the exhibit.

The Chinese in California of that time were not treated so well.

The link is part of the excellent American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.  It is well worth the time to explore the full site.

A good book to read about the history of the various ethnic groups that helped make our nation is A Different Mirror–A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki.

Here is the link for visiting Chinatown in San Francisco in the present day.

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Green Tea With Soy Milk—Excellent!

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I’ve been drinking green tea with a measure of steamed soy milk.

A friend told me that this is what she drinks and that it’s an excellent drink.

Right she was.

(Above–Japanese Tea Garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I’ve been lucky enough to have a cup of tea at the park.)

I ask the drink-fixer at the Starbucks or wherever to please make it with three-fourths tea and one-fourth soy.

Every time I drink this drink I feel energized and feel ready to take on the next damned hassle life blasts my way.

Green tea is said to be good for you. Here is an article from the University of Maryland Medical Center that discusses the pros and cons of green tea. The pros appear to outweigh the cons.

Here are some pros and cons of soy milk. Again, the pros appear to outweigh the cons.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment