TPA Roundup 7/16/2012


The Texas Progressive Alliance wants you to know that it has never worked for Bain Capital as it brings you this week’s blog roundup.

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 Threaten 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?

At McBlogger, we discover Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson cribbing from Hank Gilbert, ca. 2006.

The NAACP’s 2012 national convention, held in in Houston last week, was covered by PDiddie of Brains and Eggs, and reports from the the scene included Eric Holder’s poll taxes, Mitt Romney’s boos, and Joe Biden’s character of (PBO’s) convictions.

Today in July 2012:

BossKitty reports for jury duty. It is the responsibility all American Citizens should be proud to serve.

Each Texas county has its own system for handling jury duty. 

In the juror’s box

The pay isn’t much for jury duty, but court officials say it’s a citizen’s responsibility that helps keep democracy alive and serves as a check on the legal system.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark’s words in 1966 still ring true concerning the importance of jurors to the court system:

“The collective conscience of the jury adds a humanistic touch to the strict demands of the law, so as to allow a more equitable judgment. The jury system improves the quality of justice and is the sole means of keeping its administration attuned to community standards,” wrote Clark, who was born in Dallas and was U.S. Attorney General before serving on the Supreme Court from 1949-1967.

To qualify as a juror, you must:

Be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the state and of the county in which you are to serve as a juror, able to read, write and to vote in the county in which you are to serve as a juror.

  • You must not have served as a juror for six days during the preceding three months in the county court; or during the preceding six months in the district court.
  • “Good moral character” is required, plus not being under indictment, or having a conviction for misdemeanor theft or any felony.
  • Potential jurors may be excused if:
  • They have legal custody of a child younger than 10 years old and the person’s service on the jury would entail leaving the child without adequate supervision.
  • Are the primary caretaker of a person who is an invalid unable to care for himself – the exemption does not apply to health care workers.
  • They are a student of a public or private secondary school – however, some students in those schools are 18, and thereby eligible to serve – or attend an institution of higher education.
  • Are an officer or an employee of the senate, house of representatives, or any department, commission, board, office, or other agency in the legislative branch of government.
  • Have a physical/mental impairment.
  • Are unable to comprehend English.

The judge may give prospective jurors an opportunity to discuss personal hardships that jury service would entail. However, the court may not excuse a juror for an economic reason unless each party of record for the case approves the release. Under the Texas Government Code, a person who receives a summons for jury service and fails to answer the summons, is subject to a contempt action that is punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.

TPA Roundup 7/9/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks America doesn’t look a day over 235 as it brings you this weeks blog roundup.

Off the Kuff notes that we are now up to six school finance lawsuits.

BossKitty at TruthHugger sings back to the choir, you know that small loud minority willing to sacrifice everybody else to satisfy their selfish rhetoric. Op Ed: Crazy Weather Really A Liberal Conspiracy?

Now that the Affordable Care Act has cleared the Supreme Court hurdle, when will uninsured Texans begin to get health insurance? WCNews at Eye on Williamson says that it’s up to the Texas GOP, What health care choices will the Texas GOP make?

The NAACP opened their national convention in Houston this week, and with Joe Biden and Mitt Romney on the speaker’s list, it promises to be newsworthy. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has a media credential and will be filing reports from the scene.

Neil at Texas Liberal blogged about Danny Glover coming to Houston on behalf of Houton janitors looking for a modest raise.

This week in Texas History

 Spanish governor issues ordinance on cattle branding

 July 10, 1783 , Domingo Cabello y Robles, Spanish governor of Texas, issued a bando, or ordinance, imposing strict guidelines for the roundup, branding, and export of unbranded cattle. At the time, the province was in the midst of a protracted livestock controversy. Cattle rustling between vecinos and missions, depletion of cattle through wasteful slaughter and excessive exports, and noncompliance with an ordinance of January 1778 were holdovers from the administration of Cabello’s predecessor, Juan María de Ripperdá. Enforcing existing regulations and preventing illegal exports became Cabello’s major concerns. Cabello’s enforcement of livestock regulations resulted in much animosity from ranchers. Soon after his departure from the province in 1787, the ranchers filed a memorial against Cabello charging him with arbitrary and unjust decrees and misrepresentations that denied them rights to unbranded cattle. The case did not adversely affect his career, for by 1797 Cabello had reached the rank of field marshall.

Lamar expresses good will to Chief Colita

July 09, 1839  Mirabeau B. Lamar, president of the Republic of Texas, wrote to Colita, chief of the Coushatta Indians, expressing regret that conflicts had occurred between the Indians and white settlers. The event is notable because it marked a sharp divergence from Lamar’s general Indian policy. Unlike Sam Houston, whose administration had attempted to conciliate the Indians–especially Houston’s “own” tribe, the Cherokees–Lamar thought that the Indians should be either exterminated or driven from Texas. This animus helped to bring about several of the most serious clashes between Indians and whites in early Texas. Lamar’s proffer of friendship toward the Alabamas and Coushattas was therefore a striking exception to his usual policy. Perhaps he was remembering how these East Texas Indians had helped the white settlers to escape from the Mexican army in the Runaway Scrape (1836). In any case, Lamar offered land to the Alabamas and Coushattas and appointed Joseph Lindley as a mediator between the Indians and the settlers. The gesture turned out to be futile, however, for when the Indians saw their land being marked off, they assumed it was for white settlers and abandoned the area; whereupon white settlers took the land.

 Presidential candidate drowns in Galveston Bay

 July 11, 1838, James Collinsworth fell or jumped off a boat in Galveston Bay and drowned. Collinsworth, born in Tennessee in 1806, was a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Texas, along with Mirabeau B. Lamar and Peter W. Grayson. Collinsworth served as a district attorney in Tennessee, where he was a political ally of Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston, but moved to Texas by 1835. He represented Brazoria at the Convention of 1836 and was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Collinsworth later served as Houston’s aide-de-camp, in the Senate of the republic, and as the first chief justice of the republic. He also helped organize the Texas Railroad, Navigation, and Banking Company and was a charter member of the Philosophical Society of Texas. His death, which occurred less than two weeks after the announcement of his candidacy for president, was generally presumed to have been a suicide, and his body lay in state in the capitol in Houston. In 1876 the legislature named Collingsworth County in his honor, though the act establishing the county misspelled his name.

 Chief Kicking Bird retires after fighting McClellan at the Little Wichita

 July 12, 1870, at the battle of the Little Wichita River, Capt. Curwin B. McClellan and a force of fifty-five troopers of the Sixth Cavalry attacked a camp of Kiowa Indians under Chief Kicking Bird. The Indians had crossed the Red River into Texas and terrorized white settlers across Wichita, Archer, Young, and Jack counties. McClellan caught up with them on the Little Wichita River in what is now Archer County. He soon realized that he was outnumbered by two to one, and that the Indians were equipped with Spencer rifles, superior to his equipment. His men were attacked from all sides, and three died during a retreat. After cowboys from the Terrell Ranch and twenty troopers reinforced McClellan, Kicking Bird broke off the engagement. In his report McClellan praised Kicking Bird’s generalship and called for larger forces to protect the frontier. This was the last time Kicking Bird was ever involved in hostilities. He dedicated the rest of his life to establishing better relations between the Kiowas and the whites.

 New law authorizes sale of state land to finance education

 July 14, 1879, the state of Texas authorized selling state land for fifty cents an acre. Half the proceeds were to go for reduction of the public debt and half to pay into the Permanent School Fund, established in 1876. The state sold 3,201,283 for $1,600,641.55 in fifty-two West Texas counties. On January 22, 1883, the Fifty Cent Act was repealed as a public necessity resulting from fraudulent speculation in the land.

 Texas government offers huge prize for eradicating long-nosed cotton pest

 July 13, 1903, a proclamation was made from the steps of the Texas Capitol offering a $50,000 prize for the discovery of a way to rid Texas of the boll weevil. This small snout beetle had been ravaging cotton crops in Mexico for at least two millenia. Its introduction into Texas seems to have been first announced by Charles W. DeRyee of Corpus Christi in a letter dated October 3, 1894. It had reached all of East Texas by 1903 and by the 1920s had spread north and west to the High Plains. The insect continued to spread through Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Virginia. Calcium Arsenate was found to be reasonably effective against it, and during the 1920s fluorides were introduced. Since the weevil does not survive well on the high plains of Texas, this region proved to be more favorable to future cotton production. The 1903 prize was never awarded to anyone.

  Transplanted Baylor College of Medicine opens in Houston

 July 12, 1943, Baylor College of Medicine opened in a former Sears, Roebuck store in Houston. The school, the only private medical school in the southwest, was founded in Dallas in 1900 as the University of Dallas Medical Department, even though the University of Dallas did not yet exist. Baylor University assumed control three years later, and awarded 1,670 M.D. degrees between 1903 and 1943. In the latter year, however, a severe conflict arose between civic leaders and physicians in Dallas and Baylor’s Baptist administrators over the denominational character of the school. In exchange for fiscal support and new quarters in a proposed medical center to be erected on Hines Boulevard in Dallas, the school was expected to relinquish administrative control and denominational affiliation. Under longtime dean Walter H. Moursund, a Presbyterian, the school extricated itself from this dilemma by accepting an invitation from the M. D. Anderson Foundation and other Houston benefactors to relocate to that city instead. In 1947 the school moved to the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building, becoming the first institution to locate in the Texas Medical Center. The relationship between the Baptist General Convention of Texas and Baylor College of Medicine was terminated by mutual agreement in 1969, and the school became a nonsectarian, freestanding nonprofit corporation.

TPA Roundup 7/2/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready for some fireworks as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff disputed the notion that Rick Perry would be doing better than Mitt Romney if he were the GOP Presidential nominee.

BossKitty at TruthHugger wonders where all the constitutional scholars are, and why they are so silent? Peamble to the US Constitution Violated.

While the Supreme Court delivered landmark case decisions earlier and later in the week, the two Texas Democrats battling for the nomination to the US Senate held a debate. They were overshadowed, as it turned out, for good reason. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs paid attention but really wishes he hadn’t.

The Democrats have to, in the minds of voters, turn Democrats back into the party of the people and the GOP back into the party of the rich and powerful. The winning won’t start again until that’s done, and that new governing coalition is built in Texas. WCNews at Eye on Williamson says that Beer and Democracy is as good a place to start.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme isn’t surprised that the republican Supreme Court wants American Hispanics to carry citizenship papers. Yeah. Right.

At TexasKaos, lightseeker shines a light on the continuing assault on public education in Texas. Coupled with the nationwide exposure of the anti-criticial thinking plank in the state Republican platform, scary stuff indeed. Take a look: Killing Public Education in Texas with STAAR.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted a list of Fouth of July events in Houston, Galveston, Fort Bend County and College Station. This list information comes with a nifty Fourth of July reading list included for no extra charge.

Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog cheers the incredible rise of Asian Americans in the Texas Democratic Party while lamenting the failures of the Texas Democratic Party Convention’s Nominations Committee.

Texas History, week of July 2

Willie goes to Billy Bob’s for the Fourth of July

Billy Bob’s Texas announces the return of Willie Nelson’s Legendary 4th of July Picnic to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. The long-standing Texas tradition now in it’s 39th year will again be held outside and inside of the famed Billy Bob’s Texas. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 23rd. Willie’s picnic has been held in the Fort Worth Stockyards 4-times previously, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011.  This year’s setup will again feature the air-conditioned comfort of Billy Bob’s opening to the landscaped beauty of Rodeo Plaza in the Stockyards. Doors will open at 11:30 am with the first artist taking the stage at 12 noon.

July 02, 1863, Hood’s Texas Brigade became a major participant in the battle of Gettysburg. The brigade had been organized in 1861 in Richmond, Virginia. It was composed of the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas Infantry regiments, the only Texas troops to fight in the Eastern Theater. Col. John Bell Hood had been commander of the Fourth. On July 2, 1863, the brigade led the assault at Devils Den and Little Round Top, the crucial action of the second day of the battle. A soldier of the First Texas called the assault on Devil’s Den “one of the wildest, fiercest struggles of the war.” After routing the Union forces at the Devil’s Den, however, the brigade was unable to capture Little Round Top. A thirty-five-foot monument to the men of Hood’s Texas Brigade stands on the south drive of the Capitol in Austin.

Greatest manager in Texas League history born

July 02 1879, John Jacob (Jake) Atz, baseball player and manager, was born in Washington, D.C. He is generally considered the greatest baseball manager in Texas League history. He began his major-league playing career in 1902 with Washington of the American League and played for the Chicago White Sox in 1907-09. His major-league career ended when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Walter Johnson. Atz signed as a playing manager of the Fort Worth Cats of the Texas League in 1914. He quit in 1916 but returned in 1917.
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Angry soldiers burn Fredericksburg store, destroying early Gillespie County records

July 02 1850, a mob of soldiers burned down the store of Fredericksburg merchant John M. Hunter, destroying all Gillespie County records up to that time. Hunter, the first Gillespie County clerk, had a violent temper and had clashed more than once with the soldiers at nearby Fort Martin Scott. On the night of June 30, Hunter had refused to sell whiskey to a soldier named Dole. When Dole became abusive, Hunter fatally stabbed him in the chest. Some fifty angry soldiers returned the next night, looking for Hunter, but the merchant had fled town.
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African-American bus franchise in Houston suburb is first in the South

July 02 1959, the state of Texas granted the first bus franchise in the South owned and operated by African Americans. The Acres Homes Transit Company served the predominantly black community of Acres Homes, nine miles southwest of downtown Houston. Living outside the city limits and without adequate public transportation, the residents petitioned the city hall for a permit to operate a suburban bus franchise. The AHTC had four buses that made forty-three round trips daily between downtown Houston and Acres Homes.

Oldest public hospital in Texas opens

July 03 1884, the City-County Hospital, the oldest public hospital in Texas, opened in Austin. The hospital was owned jointly by the city of Austin and Travis County until 1907, when the county withdrew its support. It was known as City Hospital until 1929, when the city council renamed it in honor of Dr. Robert J. Brackenridge, who had served as chairman of the hospital board and worked for many years toward improving medical care in Austin. Brackenridge Hospital offered Austin’s first intercranial and open-heart surgery in 1948 and 1961. The city’s first intensive-care unit opened there in 1960, its first cardiac-care unit in 1971, and its first alternative birth center in 1978. In addition, the Brackenridge Emergency Room is the regional trauma center for a ten-county area. Brackenridge also housed the area’s first nursing school, which was established in 1915 and operated by the hospital until 1984, when Austin Community College assumed responsibility for the program. After beginning an education program for interns and residents after World War II, Brackenridge became a fully accredited teaching hospital in the mid-1950s.

Convention considers annexation

July 04 1845, the convention to consider the joint resolution of the United States Congress proposing the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States assembled in Austin. Thomas Jefferson Rusk was elected president of the convention, and James H. Raymond was secretary. By a vote of fifty-five to one, the delegates approved the offer of annexation. Richard Bache of Galveston was the lone dissenter. Subsequently, the convention prepared the Constitution of 1845 for the new state. Rusk appointed several committees to examine legislative, executive, judicial, and general provisions of the constitution, as well as a committee of five to prepare convention rules. Of the fifty-seven delegates elected to the convention, eighteen were originally from Tennessee, eight from Virginia, seven from Georgia, six from Kentucky, and five from North Carolina. Considered the most able body of its kind ever to meet in Texas, the convention included men of broad political experience such as Thomas J. Rusk, James Pinckney Henderson, Isaac Van Zandt, Hardin R. Runnels, Abner S. Lipscomb, Nicholas H. Darnell, R. E. B. Baylor, and José Antonio Navarro. The convention adjourned on August 28, 1845.

Governor Pease launches Callahan expedition

July 05 1855, Governor Elisha Pease authorized James Hughes Callahan to cross the Rio Grande into Mexico for the alleged purpose of punishing Apache Indians who raided in Texas and then fled to Mexico. The expedition may have been an attempt by Texas slaveholders to capture runaway slaves who were being permitted to settle in Mexico. Governor Santiago Vidaurri of Nuevo León y Coahuila had rebuffed the slaveholders’ emissary and ordered his troops to prepare for invasion. Callahan crossed into Mexico on October 1-2 and encountered a Mexican detachment at the Rio Escondito near Piedras Negras. There were casualties on both sides. Callahan retreated to Piedras Negras, captured the town, and burned it. American forces across the river covered his retreat. Historians have long argued about the real purpose of the operation. In 1876 the Claims Commission settled claims originating from the expedition, awarding 150 Mexican citizens a total of $50,000 in damages.

July 03

Natural Bridge Caverns, largest in Texas, opens to public (1964)
Oldest public hospital in Texas opens (1884)
Generous curandero dies in South Texas (1907)

July 04

Convention considers annexation (1845)
Willie goes to Luckenbach for the Fourth of July (1995)
First train to Brownsville touches off Kingsville celebration (1904)

July 05

Texas’s first licensed pilot dies (1956)
Governor Pease launches Callahan expedition (1855)
Margaret Borland dies of “trail fever” (1873)

July 06

Order of the Sons of Hermann founded (1861)
Wealthiest antebellum planter dies (1878)
Dr Pepper incorporates (1923)
Civil rights leader Lulu White dies (1957)

July 07

New republic staves off old adversary (1842)
Gritten keeps Gonzales loyal to Mexico (1835)
Border businesswoman attends ceremony at Big Bend National Park (1960)
New port of Velasco officially opens (1891)

TPA Roundup 6/25/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is in search of a shady spot and a cold beverage as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff analyzes the Democratic DA primary and the race for HCDP Chair in Harris County.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts about striking janitors in Houston and tax payer give-aways to corporations, Texas is a cheap labor state, and it shows.

PDiddie at Brains and Eggs wonders out loud if the new chair of the Texas Democratic Party might have some explaining to do about the goings-on in Cameron County.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants everyone to know that tort reform didn’t lower health care costs.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw writes about what is obvious to everyone with half a brain. Sadly, it still has to be said: Voters voted for Jobs in 2010. The GOP Delivered Witchhunts.

Neil at Texas Liberal offered thoughts on the death of Rodney King.

Texas History, week of June 25

General Custer, once stationed in Texas, meets his Waterloo in Montana,  June 5, 1876

On this day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer and some 265 men of the Seventh U.S. Cavalry were annihilated on the Little Big Horn River. Custer had a Texas history. After an outstanding career in the Union Army during the Civil War, he had been assigned to duty in Texas as part of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan’s effort to prevent Confederate retrenchment in Mexico under the emperor Maximilian. During five months in Hempstead and Austin, he alienated many in his command by strict enforcement of regulations prohibiting foraging and other army predations, while winning the gratitude of many Texans. On the other hand, he also recommended that the army retain control of Texas until the government was “satisfied that a loyal sentiment prevails in at least a majority of the inhabitants.” Custer’s wife, Elizabeth (Bacon), included in her memoir Tenting on the Plains (1887) a charming account of their stay in Texas. Custer’s headquarters building in Austin, the Blind Asylum, located on the “Little Campus” of the University of Texas, has been restored.

Civil War skirmish at Las Rusias,  June 25, 1864

On this day in 1864, a skirmish between Confederate and Union forces was fought at Las Rusias, a colonia located one mile north of the Rio Grande in southwest Cameron County. Confederate officer Refugio Benavides of Laredo led a company and joined John Salmon (Rip) Ford to overrun Union forces. Ford, a colonel of the Second Texas Cavalry who engaged in border operations protecting Confederate-Mexican trade, praised Benavides for his gallant conduct during the battle. Las Rusias had also been the site of a skirmish on April 25, 1846, when Mexican troops ambushed an American patrol; the shedding of “American blood upon American soil” sparked the Mexican War.


Ma Ferguson dies, June 25, 1961

On this day in 1961, Ma Ferguson, the first woman governor of Texas, died of heart failure. Miriam Amanda Ferguson was born in Bell County in 1875. She married James Edward Ferguson in 1899 and served as first lady of Texas while he was governor from 1915 to 1917. After his impeachment, Miriam entered the race for the Texas governorship. She won an August run-off and the November general election, thus becoming the second woman governor in United States history. Political strife and controversy characterized her first administration. Mrs. Ferguson pardoned an average of 100 convicts a month, and she and “Pa” were accused of accepting bribes. Controversy helped Dan Moody defeat her in 1926. Ma ran again unsuccessfully in 1930, and in 1932 she narrowly won the Democratic nomination, then defeated the Republican nominee. Her second term as governor was much less controversial than her first; nonetheless, the Fergusons temporarily retired from politics in 1934. Ma Ferguson did declare for governor once again in 1940, alleging that she could not resist a “popular draft” for the nomination, but failed to unseat incumbent W. Lee O’Daniel. After her husband’s death in 1944, Miriam Ferguson retired to private life in Austin.


June 25
General Custer, once stationed in Texas, meets his Waterloo in Montana (1876)
Spurs are champions! (1999)
Civil War skirmish at Las Rusias (1864)
Ma Ferguson dies (1961)
June 26
Mexican garrison surrenders in prelude to Texas Revolution (1832)
WFAA radio goes on the air (1922)
Work Projects Administration establishes NYA (1935)
June 27
Indian raiders strike again at Adobe Walls (1874)
Suffragist leads the way in Harris County (1918)
Legendary Texas naturalist born in Illinois (1878)
June 28
Texas Senate ratifies women’s right to vote (1919)
Texas Jack Omohundro dies (1880)
Texas humorist wins record libel award (1962)
June 29
Democratic convention ends as split party agonizes over Catholic nominee (1928)
Sculptor Elisabet Ney dies (1907)
Residents of homestead community petition for incorporation (1949)
June 30
Henry Flipper is dismissed from the military (1882)
Historic Frontier Echo publishes first edition (1875)
Texas fiddler performs on first commercial country music recording (1922)

TPA Roundup 6/18/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance hopes everyone had a happy Father’s Day as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff did an interview with State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Republicans’ top target in November.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson says the Texas GOP is getting set to raise taxes on working and middle classes Texans again, Here comes the next wave in the assault on health care & public education in Texas.

Refinish69 at Doing My Part For The Left can only say WTF??? Has the entire Country lost its mind?

Neil attended a march of Houston janitors looking for nothing more than a more fair wage for the work they do. This post has two videos of the arrest of one of these peaceful marchers by aggressive Houston police officers on horseback.

At TexasKaos, lightseeker points out that, all of a sudden somebody at the national level gets it, the Dems have NO Brand! Check it out It’s The Branding Stupid!

Texas History: Week of June 18

German church sues for return of art treasures (1990)
Historic ranch formed by partnership of legendary pioneers (1876)
Southwest Airlines takes to the air (1971)
June 19
Belated emancipation forms the basis for Juneteenth celebrations (1865)
Texas congressman calls Mexican president a “spineless cactus” (1919)
“Cowboys’ Christmas Ball” published (1890)
June 20
Fort Clark established at Las Moras Springs (1852)
Texas senator delivers speech against martial law (1870)
Feudists intensify conflict by lynching (1874)
June 21
Famous trial lawyer born in log cabin (1902)
Kate Ward begins her career as first river steamer on the Colorado (1845)
American Revolution reaches Texas (1779)
June 22
Mexican general investigates Texans’ restiveness (1832)
Medical center for veterans opens in Kerrville (1921)
Austin Colony settlers clash with Karankawas (1824)
June 23
Pilot Wiley Post circles the earth to make aviation history (1931)
Provisional government declares Texas independence (1819)
Monument honors Alabama Indian subchief (1990)

Coastal Real Estate Prices Drown As Sea Levels Rise – Update

“Plan for the future because that’s where you are going to spend the rest of your life.”  Mark Twain

This original article from 2009 shows the results of decades of scientific study and measurement.  It is 2012 now.  What serious consideration have our world leaders shown to addresses the inevitable changes to earth’s ocean  and it’s ability to sustain life?

This article is not wasting it’s time pointing fingers at causes. This article wants to stir active participation by humans, americamapwho don’t want to suffer because of world governments’ inaction. Earth is changing, and humans have the ability to adapt to what is coming.  Inaction is suicide.

Our leaders must make the connection between global economy, earth changes and earth’s ability to sustain human life.  Getting rich now by grabbing what the earth has left to offer is a child’s solution with no foresight.  When the resources run out, and the coastline has risen, humans will be packed into ever shrinking habitable places.  Shrinking land mass must be shared with the land our food grows on.  So, the political nonsense the world finds itself in can destroy the human race, if alternatives are not found.

This article states scientific reality and projected scenarios.  The only political angle to the reason for this article, is that today’s leaders are distracted from doing anything about it. Power and money is not going to stop the earth from changing.  Our immediate interests and our future interest in the planet that supports us, must be distinguished. As human beings, we must use the intelligence our species is so proud of, to adapt to earth’s natural cycles.  We know what the earth is capable of because evidence is all around.  What we haven’t learned is what humanity plans to do to survive.

Rising Sea Levels Seen as Threat to Coastal U.S.

About 3.7 million Americans live within a few feet of high tide and risk being hit by more frequent coastal flooding in coming decades because of the sea level rise caused by global warming, according to new research.

“Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing,” said Benjamin H. Strauss, an author, with other scientists, of two new papers outlining the research. “We have a closing window of time to prevent the worst by preparing for higher seas.”

The project on sea level rise led by Dr. Strauss for the nonprofit organization Climate Central appears to be the most elaborate effort in decades to estimate the proportion of the national population at risk from the rising sea. The papers are scheduled for publication on Wednesday by the journal Environmental Research Letters. The work is based on the 2010 census and on improved estimates, compiled by federal agencies, of the land elevation near coastlines and of tidal levels throughout the country.


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Scientists predict one-meter sea level rise by 2100

STOCKHOLM, March 10 (Xinhua) — Climate scientists warned on Tuesday that sea level rise could exceed one meter by 2100 if governments fail to control global warming effectively, said reports from Copenhagen.


“The upper range of sea level rise by 2100 could be in the range of about one meter, or possibly more,” said a statement released by climate scientists at a three-day gathering in Copenhagen from Monday in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference due in December in Denmark.

1-lwvdataThe estimate almost doubles the projection of 18 cm to 59 cm by the end of the century made in previous studies.

“In the lower end of the spectrum it looks increasingly unlikely that sea level rise will be much less than 50 cm by 2100,” the statement said.

Sea rise ‘to exceed projections’

The global sea level looks set to rise far higher than forecast because of changes in the polar ice-sheets, a team of researchers has suggested.

The first 2009 Summit was held in England.  There are more planned for 2009:

3rd Annual Climate Change UK Summit

Given the current economic climate when companies are tightening their belts, how can you keep climate change and environmental sustainability at the top of the agenda and keep the level of growth at the same time?

2009 Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition (MIECF)Date: Apr. 2-4, 2009   Location: Macao , China

Sustainabilitylive! 2009 Date: May 19-21, 2009   Location: Birmingham, UK

The Global Corporate Responsibility Reporting Summit 2009 Date: Jun. 11-12, 2009   Location: Brussels, Belgium

15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference Date: Jul. 5-8, 2009   Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands

Indian Environment Summit 2009 Date: Sep. 14-16, 2009   Location: New Delhi, India

IES 2009 Water & Waste Water Conference Date: Sep. 14-16, 2009   Location: New-Delhi, India


Doesn’t anyone realize the investment bonanza that rising sea levels bring?  Houses must be moved or put on stilts.  House boats will be the next real estate extravaganza.  “Aquatecture” is the terminology.  Marinas must re-tool to accept more populations.  Many innovative companies have already introduced floating communities.  Many forward thinking futurists have already made advanced proposals accepting the inevitable consequence of global warming and ice melts.  None of these proposals address the cause, they address the effect.  They address solutions.


As fears of global warming induced population displacement are steadily

realized, the allure of waterborne aquatecture becomes more and more enticing. Designed by Alexander Asadov, this incredible floating Aerohotel features a lighter-than-air aesthetic that sits serenely atop an elegant system of supports. Conceived as an elevated aquatic structure replete with hanging gardens, the space-age floating island preserves the entire extent of the ecosystem beneath it, contrasting with man-made islands that disrupt their immediate environment with tons of gravel fill.


Netherlands learns to go with the flow


One person with a vision of how the Dutch can adapt to the “living with water” lifestyle is architect Alexander Henny.

Floating home delivery (Image: TVE)

One solution is to build floating houses that rise and fall with the tide

He is one of the country’s top designers of floating houses, and calls his practice “Aquatecture”.

“There’s a concrete foundation that floats, which is hard to understand for most people, but because it is hollow it is lighter than the water,” he told the programme.

“In the lower part of the house, which is submerged, are the sleeping quarters. On the top is the living room and kitchen.”

But living on the water is still only for a tiny proportion of the population. The government has stated that its emphasis is to protect those on land.

America’s Floating Communities,   Home Sweet Houseboat,   Canada’s Floating CommunitiesMarina Wes-Del A Community of Floating Homes  floating-homes

Can earth’s population risk ignoring the inevitable?  Earth’s natural climate cycles swing between extremes of hot and cold.  History and Science have documented dozens of climate changes and life form adaptations. Creatures that cannot or will not adapt become extinct.  Humans


are divided into those who embrace adaptation and those who don’t.  This is the human condition of denial.  This may be the best scenario in the long run.  Humans, unable to adapt, will fall to the Darwin theory and expire, allowing survival of the fittest.  Sadly, humans in denial have the resources to adapt, but refuse to adapt because of ideological brainwashing.underwater-hotel-turkey

The North American continent will loose millions of acres of workable land mass.  Much of the remaining land will become swamp.  The unfortunate consequence, of backward thinking, is the release of more pollution and toxic material from corporate ‘cost saving’ measures.  Fresh water technology will be another market boom. 

Scrubbing the waste from past generations in order to support future generations is the most daunting immediate challenge. Remaining land must become dedicated to growing food.

The 1995 movie failure Waterworld contributed insight into an extreme vision of the world after both polar ice caps melt.  The story is long and received poor reception, its concept was too far poar02a_warming0605ahead of its time.  Science fiction of the 1990s was more attuned to outer space scenarios.  Perhaps it would be more thoughtfully received today.  Underwater cities are also a viable future vision for survival.  After all, if we emerged from the sea millions of years ago, it should be a natural cycle to return as a means to survive.

With what we know now, and the technology available now, humanity has no excuse. 





US and World leaders must step away from suppression ideologies, global_warming

 accusations, and finger pointing, instead, focus on:

1. reducing contributing factors and

2. preparing for alternative living arrangements

3. seriously working with alternative energy


4. seriously working to prepare human communities

5. seriously focus on the timeframe available to work solutions

6. prepare for the massive environmental diaspora



Check out this great idea … Underwater Habitats2036_200605113017trilobis_pm1lilypad_2


If you remain skeptical about the natural  processes that define earth’s personality, please don’t stand in the way of those serious about preparing for survival.  Weather alone should be the best clue that something is changing.  It took the 9/11 catastrophe to awaken Americans that threats from abroad are real.  The increasingly unusual weather patterns should be another wake up call.  9/11 sent America on a war of revenge.  The climate crisis should send us on a war against ignorance.

TPA Roundup 6/11/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is back from the conventions and focused on the fall as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff reminds you that your voter registration status is in the hands of a bureaucrat who might mistake you for someone else.

BossKitty at TruthHugger knows why politicians always hire professional marketers. Americans have been conditioned to react predictably, and marketers know how to sway the voter and consumer, that’s why America Is Pavlov’s Dog.

The James Cargas campaign sunk to a new low over the weekend with an e-mail to precinct chairs criticizing a single mother’s primary voting record. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reminds voters of Congressional District 7 that there’s a corporate Democrat and a community Democrat running for the Democratic nomination, and which one represents the party in a November should be a very easy choice, no matter where on the spectrum you fall.

WCNews at Eye on Williamson says it’s time for Democrats to change tactics, to advocate for the poor, working and middle classes again. There is nothing left to lose.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted about 2012 Juneteenth observances and celebrations in Galveston, Houston and College Station. This post also has Juneteenth history links. Juneteenth 2012 is on Tuesday, June 19.

Texas History, week of June 11 through June 16

Armed robbers hit state treasury (1865)

On this day in 1865, an estimated fifty desperadoes broke into the state treasury in Austin, one of the boldest crimes in Texas history. The robbery occurred during the chaotic period immediately after the downfall of the Confederacy in the spring of 1865. Gen. Nathan G. Shelley informed George R. Freeman, a Confederate veteran and leader of a small company of volunteer militia, that the robbery was imminent. By the time Freeman and about twenty of his troops arrived at the treasury, the robbers were in the building. A brief gunfight erupted in which one of the robbers was mortally wounded; all the other robbers fled toward Mount Bonnell, west of Austin, carrying with them about $17,000 in specie, more than half of the gold and silver in the state treasury. None was ever captured. The loot was never recovered, although some of the money was found strewn between the treasury building and Mount Bonnell. Freeman and his company of volunteers were later recognized by the state for their service in defending the public treasury, but the resolution providing a reward for their services never passed the legislature.

Consequences of loosing the Civil War

For a time, Texas was lawless, without either civil or military authority. In most places, local efforts prevented complete chaos. In Austin, a civilian mob of women and children, white and black, attacked and looted abandoned storehouses. A band of ex-soldiers wrote the final ignominious chapter of the Confederacy. They sacked the unguarded treasury building in Austin and stole $17,000 in gold and silver from the people of Texas — more than half the hard currency in the treasury.

On June 19, 1865, federal military authority was established in Texas when Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston. Granger proclaimed the end of slavery (an event that later became known as Juneteenth), declared the laws of the Confederacy null and void, and announced that all cotton was now public property.

Civilian government was restored on July 25, when General Wesley Merritt and the 18th New York Cavalry escorted Andrew Jackson Hamilton to the Capitol building in Austin. The Austin attorney and Unionist had fled Texas for his life in 1862 and offered his services to the United States. A hero in the North, he was now back home—as the new federal governor of Texas. Reconstruction had begun.

Toll of War

About 70,000 Texans served in the Confederate army. They fought in every theater and almost every battle of the war. Texans earned a legendary reputation for valor. Hood’s Texas Brigade (Antietam), Terry’s Texas Rangers (Shiloh, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and others), Walker’s Texas Division (Red River campaign), Granbury’s Texas Brigade (Missionary Ridge, Franklin), and Ross’s Texas Brigade (Atlanta) were among the most storied troops in the entire Confederacy.

The overall toll of the war was ruinous. The cost in human lives was only the most obvious price to pay. Thousands of individuals and families were totally impoverished by the war. The state’s infrastructure—roads, railroads, harbors—was a wreck, and even livestock and wagons were in short supply after years of military impressment. The civilian population had suffered through shortages, vigilantism, and disruption of normal family life, schooling, and work. On the frontier, the difficulties of manning a defensive force led to about 400 civilians being killed, wounded, or taken prisoner in Indian attacks.

The state treasury was bankrupt. Texans had paid in more than $1.2 million to support the Confederacy (almost $200 million in today’s money). The Confederacy died owing Texas about $340,000 ($4 million in today’s dollars) for ordnance, supplies, and medical supplies furnished by the Lone Star State.

Luling philanthropist celebrates oil deal with huge barbecue (1926)

Killing of sheriff precipitates ballad tradition (1901)

On this day in 1901, Gregorio Lira Cortez shot and killed Karnes County sheriff W. T. Morris and fled. The apparent misunderstandings that led to the killing, and the extended pursuit, capture, and trials of Cortez made him a folk hero. His exploits are celebrated in many variants of El Corrido de Gregorio Cortez, a popular ballad that has inspired books and at least one movie. Cortez, a Mexican native, was farming near Kenedy in 1901, when Sheriff Morris and his deputy, Boon Choate, questioned him about a stolen horse. With Choate interpreting, a misunderstanding apparently occurred that caused Morris to shoot and wound Cortez’s brother Romaldo, after which Cortez shot and killed Morris. While newspapers followed the subsequent manhunt, Cortez became a hero to many Hispanics and some Anglos. Violent reprisals and a series of trials and appeals followed. During them, Cortez was held in eleven jails in eleven counties, after which he was finally granted a conditional pardon and released in 1913. The corrido lionizing him was sung as early as 1901.

Fraudulent petition seeks organization of Loving County (1893)

On this day in 1893, the organizers of the Loving Canal and Irrigation Company filed a petition with the Reeves County Commissioners Court requesting separate organization for Loving County. In 1887 the Texas legislature had separated Loving County from Tom Green County, but it remained attached to Reeves County for judicial purposes. Loving County is the only Texas county to be organized twice. The first organization appears to have been a scheme to defraud on the part of the organizers. Although the 1890 United States census reported a population of only three in Loving County, the petition filed with the Reeves County Commissioners Court three years later was signed by 150 allegedly qualified voters. In the ensuing county election eighty-three votes were reported, and county organization was approved. In the spring of 1894, however, only three people were found to be living in Mentone, the county seat. Loving County reportedly held a second election of county officials in November 1894, but there is evidence that neither election was legitimate. The legislature deorganized Loving County in 1897, reattaching it to Reeves County. After Mentone was abandoned in 1897, no town existed in Loving County. The 1900 census reported a county population of eleven females and twenty-two males, all white. With the discovery of oil in the county in the 1920s, the population grew, and the county was organized a second time in 1931. The oil town of Ramsey was renamed Mentone and became the county seat.

“Father of black Baptists in Texas” dies in La Marque (1898)

Black San Antonio political leader dies (1937)

“Texas bird lady” hatched in Corsicana (1886)

On this day in 1886, Conger Neblett was born in Corsicana. In 1926 she married Jack Hagar, a Bostonian who had come to Texas because of his interests in oil and real estate. In 1935 the Hagars moved to Rockport, where Connie Hagar spent the rest of her life as an amateur bird-watcher and gained the respect of professional ornithologists in Europe and the United States. The “Texas bird lady” added over twenty new species to the avifauna list of the state and was the first to report numerous species of migratory birds, including several that were thought to be extinct. She died in 1973 and was buried in a spot overlooking the wildlife sanctuary that bears her name.

Higher education comes to vast Big Bend region (1920)

Race riot erupts in Beaumont (1943)

On this day in 1943, whites and blacks clashed in Beaumont after workers at a local shipyard learned that a white woman had accused a black man of raping her. On the evening of June 15 more than 2,000 workers, plus perhaps another 1,000 interested bystanders, marched toward City Hall. Even though the woman could not identify the suspect among the blacks held in the city jail, the workers dispersed into small bands and proceeded to terrorize black neighborhoods in central and north Beaumont. Many blacks were assaulted, several businesses were pillaged, a number of buildings were burned, and more than 100 homes were ransacked. Acting Texas governor A. M. Aikin, Jr., placed Beaumont under martial law. More than 200 people were arrested, fifty were injured, and two–one black and one white–were killed. Another black man died later of injuries received during the riot. Twenty-nine of those arrested were turned over to civil authorities on charges of assault and battery, unlawful assembly, and arson. The remainder were released, mostly because of lack of evidence.

Texas woman becomes the first black licensed pilot (1921)

On this day in 1921, Bessie Coleman became the world’s first licensed black pilot. The native of Atlanta, Texas, graduated from high school in Waxahachie and attended Colored Agricultural and Normal University in Oklahoma. After moving to Chicago, she went to France and attended the aviation school at Le Crotoy. The Federation Aeronautique Internationale issued her a pilot’s license. She flew in her first air show at Curtiss Field near Manhattan in 1922. She afterward took part in many more shows while touring the country, and her daredevil stunts earned her the nickname “Brave Bessie.” She was killed during a test flight on April 30, 1926, at Jacksonville, Florida. She is buried in Lincoln Cemetery at Chicago. A Chicago street is named Bessie Coleman Drive, and a United States commemorative stamp in her honor was issued in 1995.

Founder of Sacred Heart Academy joins Dominican order (1863)

French Colonists arrive at La Réunion (1855)

On this day in 1855 some 200 French colonists arrived at the colony of La Réunion, located on the south bank of the Trinity River in central Dallas County within the present city limits of Dallas. La Réunion was founded as a utopian experiment by Victor Prosper Considérant, one of the leading democratic socialist figures in France. The 1855 arrivals landed in Galveston, traveled overland from the coast, reached Dallas in April, and arrived at La Réunion on June 16. Although many settlers left the colony soon after they arrived, new colonists kept the population fairly constant for about two years; the number of residents peaked at around 350 in the fall of 1856. La Réunion existed as a serious communal organization for only about eighteen months. Financial insolvency killed the colony.

TPA Roundup – 6/4/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready to get conventional as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff has his and others’ reactions to the election results from last week.

BossKitty at TruthHugger is ashamed that America’s leaders find it expedient to hand the reins of Public Education over to corporate interests. Education is designed to show us what is already known, and guide us to discover what we need to know. But. that interferes with the bottom line – Climate Change – America’s Leaders Paid To Mislead.

After being from Early March to late May the Texas Primary in 2012 finally took place. WCNews at Eye on Williamson posted this Statewide Primary Analysis.

Poor Seamus the dog was NOT the only car-roof victim of Mitt Romney’s abuse that terrible day in 1983, and PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has video from the archives of the New Hampshire State Police that prove it.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know John Cornyn is trying to pass off the funding of basic infrastructure  from the Feds to the counties. Nice trick, you rapist enabler, you.

At TexasKaos, Lightseeker reports on two “drive me crazy” primary outcomes now that the primary electoral smoke has cleared. There is A Conversation We Need to Have about the once and future fate of the Texas Democratic Party and by extension all Progressive efforts here in the state.

The Lewisville Texan Journal finds itself agreeing with GOP Rep Michael Burgess’s bipartisan bill to increase healthcare pricing transparency, but warns that the move will only help up to a point; using existing hospital price data from Texas, they show how difficult it can be to comparison shop healthcare facilities.

Neil at Texas Liberal, who has not forgotten that the Texas forced sonogram law is state-mandated rape, wrote about the multiple meanings of the Houston Ship Channel.

TPA Roundup – 5/29/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance says “on to the runoffs!” as it brings you this holiday week roundup.

Off the Kuff looked at the latest strange poll results from UT and the Texas Tribune.

This week WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on The continuing right-wing assault on public education in Texas.

The endorsement of the three previous Democrats who lost to John Culberson is hardly a worthy vote of confidence, but that didn’t deter one candidate in CD-07, who went on to suggest that he would win the November contest by 51.3%. That spin, however, was topped by his estimate of 73% of fewer than one hundred people in a straw poll at a barbecue suggesting “overwhelming” support. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reminds you that if a Congressional candidate exaggerates this wildly in May, he just doesn’t deserve to be on the ballot in November.

Lightseeker explores what the triumph of Republican fear mongering and pandering means to our political futures here and in the country. Check out Sobering Thoughts on Our Political Future over at TexasKaos.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme applauds the efforts of AACT Now in getting out the vote. Please continue through November.

TPA Roundup 5/21/2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds you that early voting for the 2012 primaries continues through Friday as it brings you this week’s roundup.

Off the Kuff sincerely hopes there’s am an uprising among parents and educators over the way public education was treated last session, but he’s still waiting for the campaign rhetoric to match the reporting about it.

BossKitty at TruthHugger was moved by an award winning documentary and saw the connection to the current state of mental health in Texas, and everywhere else. Here are Lessons of The Weeping Camel for Texas.

BlueBloggin had not anticipated how long America would engage in war. Enough men and women have been exposed to combat, cruelty and death, to populate a small country. Americans must be prepared for When They Come Home – Critical Update.

There aren’t many Democrats earning the endorsement of PDiddie at Brains and Eggs, but the most important one of the 2012 primary cycle in Harris County is Lissa Squiers for Congress. And Sean Hubbard for US Senate. Oh, and Rachel Van Os for state party chair (election to be held at the state convention in Houston in June). And maybe a few more coming in the week before Election Day.

This week in GOP infighting. Should Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst win his bid for the US Senate, picking his replacement will be a proxy war between Gov. Perry and Speaker Straus. WCNews at Eye On Williamson has the rest of the story, The tie-breaker.

Libby Shaw puts Repug redistricting in prospective in her latest posting: The Gerrymander Cowards. Check it out at TexasKaos.

Neil at Texas Liberal posted a picture of a cigarette machine that he saw last week in Houston. If you can imagine, the cigarettes cost $10 a pack in this machine.

Justin at Asian American Action Fund Blog strongly supports Gene Wu in the race to succeed Scott Hochberg in HD-137.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that Texas is #1 – in workplace discrimination complaints.