In true Commander Chaos fashion, Trump will avoid testifying just like releasing his taxes. Sad so sad!
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday invited President Donald Trump to testify before the Senate on his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.
“I think we could work out a way that it could be dignified, public, with questions, with [Senate Republican] Leader [Mitch] McConnell,” the Democratic senator from New York said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” adding that senators would consult with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading up the Justice Department’s investigation.
On Friday, Trump said he was willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
Earlier, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R-I.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump testifying before Congress would raise “the issue of separation of powers.” But he said Mueller should depose the president at some point in his investigation.
I have watched for two years and I am sick of all the crap in DC, Texas and the media heads. It’s time to get back in the game.
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The Texas Progressive Alliance has its eyes on Charlotte as it brings you this week’s roundup.
There were two major court rulings last week, with the state of Texas losing and the voters of Texas winning as both the redistricting maps and the voter ID law were found to be illegal.
BossKitty at TruthHugger is sick of all the emails and robo calls wanting money for this or that political cause. Quit violating my personal space to beg for money when Super Pacs are doing that job for me, You Have My Vote, But Not My Money!
With the Texas GOP’s dual losses on redistricting and voter suppression this week, it’s still key for Democrats to keep the pressure on. Because, as WCNews at Eye on Williamson, points out they still have big and destructive plans for the future, Public education being left for dead in Texas.
The Austin Police Department not only infiltrated Occupy Austin, but one undercover cop designed and supplied the devices used in the Houston port protest that resulted in felony charges against several protestors. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs wants to know if Mayor Annise Parker still supports this kind of police misconduct.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Quico Canseco is a whiner – your typical Republican crybaby.
WIKI: 2011 Texas wildfires On Sunday, September 4, 2011, a firestorm known as the Bastrop County Complex Fire engulfed Bastrop, Texas and by September 30 had destroyed 1,645 homes, burned 34,068 acres, and killed two people. This fire is now regarded as the most catastrophic wildfire in Texas history.
Texas Governor Rick Perry declared a State of Disaster starting on December 21, 2010 and renewed the proclamation every month. On April 16, 2011 Perry asked that President Barack Obama declare 252 of 254 Texas counties as disaster areas due to wildfires and wildfire danger; the request was partially approved on July 1, 2011. Critics of the governor’s relief efforts point to his budget cuts to the Texas Forest Service which provides a first line of defense against wildfires.
View of Bastrop Complex fire captured by Terra satellite, September 5, 2011
Due to the on going exceptional drought conditions in most of Texas and the high winds brought to the state by Tropical Storm Lee, a series of wildfires flared up over Labor Day weekend and continued into the following week. The largest and most destructive was what is now known as the Bastrop County Complex. At approximately 3:00 p.m. (CDT) on September 4, two fires started north of Bastrop State Park in the communities of Circle D-KC Estates and Taihitan Village. The likely cause of the blaze was sparks from electric power lines. 30 mph gusts of wind apparently toppled trees which tumbled into electrical lines at two locations, creating sparks that fell onto and ignited the dry grass and leaf litter below. The fire was exacerbated by the outflow of Tropical Storm Lee in conjunction with exceptional drought. The fire quickly spread, engulfing 400 homes. Multiple areas and locales were evacuated, including the Bastrop Animal Shelter, Bastrop State Park (more than half of which was burned), and other communities affected by the fire. By 7:30 PM on September 5, 2011, the fire had burned about 25,000 acres and 500 homes. Winds began to calm the evening of September 5, but the fire still had no containment by the evening of September 6. By September 11, 1,554 homes had been destroyed. By October 1, the fire had reached 98% containment but had burned a total of 34,068 acres and 1,645 homes, making it the most destructive fire in Texas history. At 8:00 PM on October 10, the fire was declared 100% contained.
Sep 5, 1836: Sam Houston elected as president of Texas On this day in 1836, Sam Houston is elected as president of the Republic of Texas, which earned its independence from Mexico in a successful military rebellion.
The Hurricane of 1900 made landfall on the city of Galveston in the U.S. state of Texas, on September 8, 1900. It had estimated winds of 145 miles per hour (233 km/h) at landfall, making it a Category 4 storm on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. It was the deadliest hurricane in US history, and the second costliest hurricane in US history based on the US dollar’s 2005 value (to compare costs with those of Hurricane Katrina and others).
The hurricane caused great loss of life with the estimated death toll between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals; the number most cited in official reports is 8,000, giving the storm the third-highest number of deaths or injuries of any Atlantic hurricane, after the Great Hurricane of 1780 and 1998‘s Hurricane Mitch. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 is to date the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the United States. By contrast, the second-deadliest storm to strike the United States, the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane, caused more than 2,500 deaths, and the deadliest storm of recent times, Hurricane Katrina, claimed the lives of approximately 1,800 people.
WILDFIRES LABOR DAY ANNIVERSARY
- Many Steiner Ranch neighbors, students rediscovering normal
- Events commemorate Bastrop Fire
- In Bastrop, finding God and faith among the ashes
- Austin budget contains no new funding for wildfire protection
- When fires came, so did the money, but it’s still not enough, Bastrop officials say
- In Bastrop County, fire victims, school districts hanging on, pushing forward
- Anniversary may be difficult for fire victims
- Tragedy, tears and time: Before and after photos of Central Texas wildfires, one year later
- Explore an interactive gallery of then-and-now photos and videos
- Visit our Central Texas Wildfire Recovery Facebook page
The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready for the new school year as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff published interviews with Congressman Gene Green and Congressional candidate Jim Dougherty.
BossKitty at TruthHugger was interrupted while researching the abomination of H.R. 1096: Sanctity of Life Act of 2011, Questions and Permutations, to comment on the recent shootings in New York Do You Feel Better It Wasn’t Terrorism? Then the sad news that Neil Armstrong escaped the bounds of earth for the last time, He Stopped The World On July 20, 1969
The GOP’s answer for everything is trickle-down. WCNews at Eye on Williamson on the latest on transportation Forgotten Mission: Texas’ trickle-down transportation policy.
The legal action by the Harris County Democratic Party to remove DA nominee Lloyd Oliver from the November ballot places the rest of the party’s candidates in an unfortunate and unnecessary quandary, posits PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.
Neil at Texas Liberal discussed litter in Houston bayous. This post also featured the famous crying Indian anti-litter PSA from the 70?s.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme knows that the Romney/Ryan racist welfare ads and jokes are par for the course for the republicans who built that d*mn fence as a monument to racism and fear.
August 26, 1842 – In a treaty, Caddo Indians agreed to persuade other tribes to join in councils with Texas commissioners. Their efforts led to a peace treaty among nine tribes in 1843.
Provincias Internas divided into three sectors (1786)
State Police in gun battle (1870)
Alamo survivor Joe escapes from slavery (1837)
Town opens with a barbecue (1892)
August 27, 1837 – The first Texas Navy came to an end when the ships Brutus and Invincible were forced aground near Galveston by two Mexican ships.
Chihuahua Expedition ends after blazing trade route (1840)
Redeemed captive begins trip home (1866)
Stevie Ray Vaughan dies in crash (1990)
August 28, 1902 – The Texas Farmers Union was officially incorporated. The Union was created to stabilize the cotton market and bring about reforms in such areas as rural education.
Hugo Oconór becomes ad interim governor of Texas (1767)
María Calvillo petitions Mexican government for ranch title (1828)
Newt Gresham founds Farmers Union (1902)
Texas sub commander receives Medal of Honor (1945)
August 29, 1827 – Old Station, a settlement six miles up the Lavaca River in Jackson Co., was closed in violation of Mexican laws that prohibited settlements within 10 leagues of the coast.
Houston Academy chartered (1856)
Founder of agricultural community dies (1965)
August 30, 1855 – A treaty settled Penateka Indians on a reservation in Throckmorton County. The reservation closed in 1859, and the Penatekas moved to Indian Territory in Oklahoma.
Mob masses at Mansfield (1956)
Texans capture guns at Second Manassas (1862)
El Paso Electric forerunner takes over as supplier for the Southwest (1901)
August 31, 1968 – Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and his team performed the first multi-organ transplant in Houston, using several organs from one donor for four patients.
Asa Borger murdered (1934)
Camp Bowie closed (1946)
Historic Baptist church founded (1839)
“Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, future Texas governor, born in Salado (1871)
The Texas Progressive Alliance is still recovering from the weekend Back To School sales as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff has an analysis of the Democratic legislative target list for 2012.
BossKitty at TruthHugger keeps waiting for any Candidate to stop mudslinging long enough to help Americans navigate the stresses caused by natural climate changes. America, the wasteful, can’t seem to find a Candidate brave enough to do anything but collect rewards from the same industries trashing America’s natural resources. America is consumed by Greed, Denial and Bad Water.
Our transportation infrastructure is being starved and will only cost more in the long run. WCNews at Eye on Williamson writes that The cost of neglect keeps rising.
PDiddie at Brains and Eggs began his November endorsements early, with a couple of Democrats — Nile Copeland and Keith Hampton — and a few Greens: Alfred and GC Molison and Henry Cooper.
Guess what Tom DeLay is up to? CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know DeLay is now lobbying about sex trafficking.
Neil at Texas Liberal took the opportunity offered by the dumb comments about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri to remind folks that state-mandated rape is the law of the land in Texas with the forced sonogram legislation, and that three Texas State Senate Democrats played a role in passing the forced sonogram law.
The Texas Progressive Alliance would like to thank Mitt R-money for clarifying what this election is about better than it ever could as it brings you this week’s roundup.
BossKitty at TruthHugger is amazed how blind America’s elected leaders are to the reality of climate changes. Headlines have described catastrophic climate and weather events, one after another for the past decade. Each year seems to break another record, at least in terms of human recorded history. So, 2012 election year gives Americans a chance to elect responsive and responsible leaders. On Fire, Out of Food, Out of Water, Out of Power shows the reality Americans are facing. Who can we elect that will step up to save our future?
The great equalizer in any society is education, that’s why the regressives hate it so much. WCNews at Eye on Williamson points out that The GOP attack on public education will continue next session.
Off the Kuff notes that while Democrats want to talk about solutions in Texas, Republicans want to talk about things that will benefit themselves.
At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains how the Texas Tea Party Republicans Bur[ied] the Birther Hatchet. For Ted Cruz.
The stooges running Harris County elections came under the withering scrutiny of PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, and a proposal to appoint an elections administrator was met with moans of objection from Democratic activists. PDiddie reminds the naysayers that if you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you’re going to keep on getting what you’ve got.
Rick Perry and his minions lied their a**es off about money to pay for women’s health. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme isn’t the least surprised.
Neil at Texas Liberal has been in Chicago this week. Neil has posted a number of pictures from that great American city on Texas Liberal.
The Texas Progressive Alliance salutes NASA for its awesome job with the “Curiosity” landing as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff rounded up the Republican and Democratic primary runoff results.
BossKitty at TruthHugger was on a role this week. Always disgusted at the deliberate distractions from urgent issues by political campaigns, Candidate State of Denial: Why Can’t They Buy Rain?, Bitter Governors Screw 6 Million People out of health insurance. BossKitty mourns the passing of a past co-worker Sally Ride.
Local property tax elections are the result of state leaders shirking their duty and passing the buck to local ISD’s. WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts that The plan to defund public education continues.
Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart choked again last Tuesday night trying to count election results, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs doesn’t believe any excuse the man makes at this point.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants everyone to know that Henry Cuellar is a rat.
Over at TexasKaos, lightseeker rags on about Poisonous Hypocrisy and Those Who Practice It. Rick Perry and Reagan and Palin share more they some people know.
Neil at Texas Liberal posted that the very first historical marker at the San Jacinto Battlefield Park just outside Houston–where Texas Independence was won–notes the gift of cannons from the people of Cincinnati. Full self-reliance is a myth—Most especially in Texas.
Texas History for the Week of August 6
Famous Texas missionary dies in Mexico City
August 06, 1726, Antonio Margil de Jesús, early missionary to Texas, died in Mexico City. Margil was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1657. Even as a boy he referred to himself as “Nothingness Itself,” a title he consistently used in adulthood. He become a Franciscan in 1673. At the age of twenty-five he received Holy Orders and soon accepted the challenge of missionary work in New Spain. He arrived at Veracruz in 1683. In New Spain Margil was assigned to the missionary College of Santa Cruz de Querétaro, and spent several years as a missionary in Yucatán, Costa Rica, and Guatemala. Margil also traveled in early 1707 to Zacatecas to found and preside over the missionary College of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de Zacatecas. He was to have accompanied the Domingo Ramón expedition of 1716, charged with setting up Franciscan missions in East Texas. However, illness prevented his arrival in East Texas until after the founding of the first four missions. In 1717 Margil supervised the founding of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de los Ais and San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes, which with the previously established Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe completed the missions under the control of the Zacatecan Franciscans. In February 1720 Margil founded at San Antonio the most successful of all Texas missions, San José y San Miguel de Aguayo.In 1722 he was recalled to Mexico to serve again as guardián of the college he had founded. At the conclusion of his three-year term, Margil resumed missionary work in Mexico until his death. Arguably the most famous missionary to serve in Texas, Antonio Margil de Jesús remains under consideration for sainthood by the Vatican.
New British diplomat arrives in Texas
August 06, 1842, the new British charge d’affaires to Texas arrived at the port of Galveston. He was Charles Elliot, British knight and retired naval officer. After entering the Colonial Service, he had served in Guiana and China. He was censured for not adequately representing British mercantile interests in China during the Opium War. In 1842 he was reassigned to duties in the Republic of Texas. In this post he advocated abolition of slavery, worked for the establishment of free trade, and emphasized the importance of peace with Mexico. He became a personal friend of Sam Houston and Anson Jones, and worked with the British ambassador to Mexico for an armistice between Texas and Mexico in 1843. He was instrumental in negotiating the release of some of the prisoners from the Mier expedition. He opposed Texas annexation by the United States, and when Texans voted for annexation he was recalled. Afterward, Elliot was successively governor of Bermuda, of Trinidad, and of St. Helena. He died in England on September 9, 1875.
Feminist folk artist born in Laredo
August 06, 1902, Alice Dickerson Montemayor was born in Laredo. She had planned to study law, but after her father died she remained in Laredo to help her mother. She married Francisco Montemayor in 1927, and they had two sons. From 1934 to 1949 Alice Montemayor was a social worker in Webb County. When she began, she was denied an office key and worked under a tree. Some Caucasian clients refused to see her, and at one time she was provided a bodyguard. In 1936 Mrs. Montemayor became a charter member of the local Ladies LULAC chapter, and soon became active on the national level as well. In 1973 Mrs. Montemayor began painting gourds with vivid, multifarious hues. By 1976 she began painting with acrylics, first on tin and later on masonite. She signed her works “Mom,” then “Admonty.” Her works often depict women, nature, and the family in a characteristically Mexican fashion. In 1988 she was the subject of a presentation at the Smithsonian Institution. She died in 1989.
Oilman gives Paisano Ranch to UT
August 06, 1966, Houston oilman Ralph A. Johnston signed the deed transferring Paisano Ranch to the University of Texas. The 254-acre ranch, fourteen miles southwest of Austin, was the country retreat of J. Frank Dobie. After Dobie’s death in 1964, a group of his friends and admirers, including O’Neil Ford, Peter Hurd, J. Lon Tinkle, and John Henry Faulk, undertook to preserve Paisano as a writers’ retreat. Johnston, to whom Dobie had dedicated his last book, bought Paisano to take it off the market. A gala dinner and art auction in Houston helped raise the money to purchase the ranch from Johnston, who died two days after signing the deed over to the university. Since 1967, more than sixty native Texan writers have worked and lived at the ranch as recipients of Dobie Paisano Fellowships, awarded by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters.
The Texas Progressive Alliance is overloading on the Olympics as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff notes that for a guy who claims to hate the federal government, Rick Perry sure gives them a lot of opportunities to get involved in Texas’ business.
BossKitty at TruthHugger was on a roll this week. America and Collateral Damage and Double Jeopardy, the NCAA went overboard when they punished past, present and future Penn State students.
Too many Americans have been tricked into believing that the government can no longer help them and their families. Until enough people realize that as a lie, take back the government, and use it to bring economic equality back we will continue in this depression. WCNews at Eye on Williamson says it’s It’s the inequality stupid.
As long as Mitt Romney didn’t bring bacon-wrapped shrimp to the Knesset after leaving London, then last Thursday was the worst day of his European vacation, writes PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Republicans at Texas A & M are thrilled to give our money to North Carolina while screwing Texas workers.
Neil at Texas Liberal wrote about an interesting and expansive definition of life that he read about in New Scientist magazine….
Texas History for the Week of July 30
Yesterday, July 29 1958
Eisenhower signs bill creating NASA July 29 1958
On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The national commitment to a broad program of space exploration, including manned space flight, came in response to the Soviet Union’s successful space launches, begun in 1957. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy set as a national goal the achievement of a manned landing on the moon by the end of the decade. NASA began to reorganize and increase its space establishments. Central to the agency’s new future was the construction of a manned-space-development aggregation, including facilities in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. NASA also elected to build a new space-management, crew-training, and flight-control center on Clear Lake in southeastern Harris County, Texas, thanks to the efforts of Texas Congressman Albert Thomas. The Manned Space Center opened in 1963 and was officially renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center ten years later.
Fire-breathing preacher indicted for murder July 29, 1926
On this day in 1926, J. Frank Norris, the controversial minister of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, was indicted for murder. He had been zealous in promoting prohibition, condemning gambling, and attacking the alleged teaching of evolution at Baylor University. Though he had begun the first regular radio ministry in the United States in 1920, he also openly supported the Ku Klux Klan and attacked the Catholic Church. His unrelenting criticism of Baylor, Baptist leaders, and state Baptist policies caused the Baptist General Convention to deny seats to Norris’s congregation at the meetings of 1922 and 1923. In a quarrel with Mayor H.C. Meacham, Norris shot and killed Meacham’s friend D.C. Chipps. The fiery fundamentalist was acquitted on grounds of self-defense.
July 29, 1867 – Fort Griffin was established on the right bank of the Clear Fork of the Brazos to protect settlers.
July 30, 1941 – The US Army declared eminent domain over Texas’ Matagorda Peninsula, establishing a bombing and machine-gun range on the land during WWII.
July 31, 1845 – The present-day community of Corpus Christi was started when US General Zachary Taylor landed troops on Corpus Christi to form a base camp during the Mexican War.
Governor removed from office for balking at Reconstruction July 30, 1867
On this day in 1867, James Webb Throckmorton, first governor of Texas after the Civil War, was removed from office for being an “impediment to Reconstruction” On the grounds that the state of Texas did not support the Fourteenth Amendment, he refused to support it himself. He declined to increase protection for former slaves and to advocate Radical Republican policies. This “Tennessean by birth [and] Texan by Adoption” was a physician and politician who had a long and distinguished record of service to the state, the United States, and the Confederacy. He died at McKinney on April 21, 1894.
Legendary frontier merchant dies July 30, 1902
On this day in 1902, Charles Rath died in Los Angeles, California. Rath, born near Stuttgart, Württemberg, in 1836, came to the United States in 1848. About 1853 Charles joined William Bent’s Colorado trading empire, working as an independent freighter hauling supplies and trade goods across Kansas. In the early 1870s Rath brought Andrew Johnson into his employ. Rath was among the first to take advantage of the growing buffalo-hide trade, hunting, freighting, and marketing the hides for a high profit. Often the hideyard of the Rath Mercantile Company was filled with 70,000 to 80,000 hides at one time. In 1874, as the buffalo slaughter moved south into the Texas Panhandle, Rath and a business partner opened a combination store and restaurant at Adobe Walls, near the site of William Bent’s old outpost; Rath himself was back in Kansas on June 27 and thus missed the second battle of Adobe Walls. In the 1870s, Rath and partners such as Frank E. Conrad and William McDole Lee opened commercial establishments at Fort Griffin, Mobeetie, and Rath City. By 1879, however, the buffalo supply was exhausted. Although Rath and his associates profited briefly from the bones their crews hauled away and sold for fertilizer, his fortune soon decreased as his debts from unsuccessful land speculations mounted. He lived in Mobeetie for a while before moving to Los Angeles, where he died of “mitral insufficiency.”