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.
The Texas Progressive Alliance and this week’s roundup are both certified 100% malarkey-free.
Off the Kuff takes a look at how many seats the Democrats are likely to pick up in the Legislature this November.
BossKitty at TruthHugger sees the Meningitis Outbreak as another nail, driven home by Right Wing Corporate Oligarchy war on regulations and existing laws. Voters who don’t put 2 and 2 together, about the consequences of deregulation, allow manufacturing shortcuts to hurt all of us. Deregulation mantras are bought and paid for by corporate greed. My Profit Is Worth More Than Your Safety.
Yes, the government can help people, and until Democrats in Texas remind people of that they’ll keep losing. From WCNews at Eye on Williamson on that subject, Democratic success in Texas is tied to voters seeing government as on their side.
Mitt Romney’s slight increase in polling popularity in the wake of the first debate is most attributable to single women, who apparently allowed his economic appeals to overcome their concerns about that whole War on Women thing. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs thinks that if the President Obama doesn’t make his case for a better economy, he’s stupid.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wonders why so much of the drill baby drill energy is going out of our ports. Who’s getting that energy?
Libby Shaw explains the Romney plan in terms even a child can understand in Starving Big Bird, Children and the Poor. Check it out.
Texas History for the Week of October 14 – 20
The Texas Progressive Alliance has Big Bird’s back as it brings you this week’s roundup.
BossKitty at TruthHugger was in a hurry and only posted one article. Thanks to underfunded oversight and a broken Congress, the state of the Veterans Administration, VA System Failure, Blame Robot Congress is disgusting.
Off the Kuff deconstructed a truly crappy poll that was nonetheless accepted uncritically by the media.
WCNews at Eye on Williamson shows us that one of the problems with our elections is who doesn’t show up to vote, Getting non-voters to the polls.
Green presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Texas swing wrapped up last Sunday in Houston with a visit to the Emile Street Community Farm, a fundraiser at a Montrose-area environmental showcase home, and another appearance on KPFT Pacifica radio. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has pictures.
Neil at Texas Liberal went to a campaign appearance of Green Presidential nominee Jill Stein.
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The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds you that the deadline to register for the election is October 9 as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff has a Q&A with Democratic Supreme Court candidate Michelle Petty, who is running against one of the Court’s least ethical members.
BossKitty at TruthHugger wants all Texans to have all the Texas Voting Information they need, this will stay at the top of my blog page until after November 6. It is disgusting that our Cowardly Congress Kicks The Can Again. Overjoyed to see more corporate manipulators exposed Do You Hear Me Now?
Three Wise Men forecasts the 2012 presidential and Senate elections.
With Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein scheduled to be in Houston and San Antonio from October 4-7, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs found it necessary to once again slay the persistent urban legend that Ralph Nader was responsible for Al Gore’s defeat in the 2000 election.
We’re facing another legislative session that’s will be harmful to the majority of Texans unless we act now. That’s why WCNews at Eye on Williamson is pointing this out now Here we go again.
Over at TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains why The GOP is Obsessed About Voter Fraud. Hint: the best way to get away with something is to accuse your opponents of it.
Neil as Texas Liberal noted that you have the right to take pictures of bridges and infrastructure and anything in plain view so long as you are not trespassing. Neil said that business and government are teaming up to deny the basic freedom to observe and make note of the things that are around us in a so-called open society.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes Greg Abbott, likely gubernatorial candidate, goes all Christian Taliban by promoting bible verses in school
And of special interest for September/October:
Sep 25, 1894: President Grover Cleveland issues a presidential proclamation pardoning Mormons who had previously engaged in polygamous marriages or habitation arrangements considered unlawful by the U.S. government.
Sep 30, 1918: President Woodrow Wilson speaks in favor of female suffrage
Sep 30, 1994: A Born Again ChristianTexas college student kills his ex-girlfriend
Oct 4, 1944: First Official Acknowledgment of PTSD – Ike warns of the risk of “shell shock” On this day in 1944, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower distributes to his combat units a report by the U.S. Surgeon General that reveals the hazards of prolonged exposure to combat. “[T]he danger of being killed or maimed imposes a strain so great that it causes men to break down.
The Texas Progressive Alliance is enjoying the change of season as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff took a deeper look at that Wilson Perkins poll of Texas.
Three Harris County judicial candidates and two Greens — one for US House of Representatives and one for US Senate — received the coveted Brainy Endorsement last week from PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.
BossKitty at TruthHugger knows this just another season for Political Science experiments on the voting public. Let’s see how well they do, Generalizations: Politics is Science and we are all Test Subjects.
Transportation funding, the Voting Rights Act, and voter ID. WCNews at Eye on Williamson post about My afternoon at the Texas Tribune Festival.
Libby Shaw asks What is Mitt hiding? Find out what she thinks it is at TexasKaos.
Neil at Texas Liberal posted about donations he made to both Green Presidential nominee Jill Stein and to President Obama. Neil said that Ms. Stein is best on issues such as our rigged economy, climate change, and the freedom to dissent. He also said that those who think there is no difference between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are simply wrong.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that polluters can do untold damage and be liable for only $2M. Thanks to Republicans and their crony capitalism.
The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks it’s high time the NFL began negotiating honorably with its referees as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Off the Kuff says that the state of Texas has clearly demonstrated the ongoing need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
BossKitty at TruthHugger sees this election year faced with critical health issues hurting working class people, when Bubonic Plague and Legionnaires Disease and Hanta Virus still occur in America, are we Unprepared, Careless and Incapable In 2012?
The GOP’s plan may have backfired, by intentionally discriminating they may have actually saved the Voting Rights Act. Because, as WCNews at Eye on Williamson, shows us The Voting Rights Act, still working as designed.
Neil at Texas Liberal saw Mitt Romney’s jet plane in Cincinnati last week. Neil offered up his view of what the letters on the tail of the plane were meant to convey.
Lightseeker reminds us that it is easy to throw the low level supervisors to the wolves when scandal strikes, but we should not forget where the fundamental problem lies. Are you listening Rick Perry and Republican legislators? Check out Behind the Drug and Rape Kit Scandals.
Rick Perry wants Texas women to get pap smears at colonoscopy clinics. CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme didn’t know Perry was that stupid.
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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)