My biggest problem with their platform is not that they choose to be so bigoted. They're entitled to their prejudice and stupidity. It's that they're just too damn wordy about it! I rewrote their party platform for them, and it's listed here in its entirety:
Republican Party of Texas Platform, 2008
"We, the Radical Right Republicans of Texas, hate everything and everyone. We therefore call upon Angry Jesus to ride in on his Righteous Dinosaur of Death® and smite all of the liberals, moderates, economists, scientists, educated elites, Mexicans, Muslims, and homosexuals. Amen."
You're very welcome. Don't say I never gave you anything.
BossKitty at BlueBloggin points out that we have more than just McCain and Obama running for president. And Then Theres Bob Barr - Born Again Libertarian; one-time conservative Republican Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, offered a scathing critique of Sen. John McCain today and predicted he would garner substantial conservative Republican support in a handful of battleground states critical to McCain in his campaign against Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
Obama needs Texas to win the presidency, but only -- as with recent previous Democratic nominees -- for its money and not its electoral votes, claims PDiddie at Brains and Eggs.
WhosPlayin piles on after Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, Pete Sessions, and Kay Granger hold a press conference to blame Democrats for high fuel prices. It was so bad that even Fox 4 News called B.S. on it.
Wonder how long it will be before the company dress code includes a burqa?
refinish69 reviews the GOP's Big Bad John at Doing MY Part For The Left. While the video is wonderful for a laugh and has wonderful production values, it is as full of crap as John Cornyn's career as a US Senator.
Before you visit, be aware that there is some strong language. And many may disapprove of the metaphor of rape being used to describe a political and economic situation. I very much see the point, but I think many people will see the analogy very clearly.
Here's a little snippet:
Used to be, all you had to do to prove you were a good Republican was to play dumb. Pretend you can't tell a baby from a blastocyst. Pretend you can't tell Saddam Hussein from Osama bin Laden. Pretend you can't tell habeas corpus from a get-out-of-jail-free card. Pretend you can't tell John Edwards from Hugo Chavez. Pretend you can't tell weather from climate. Pretend you can't tell seventeenth-century Deists from modern televangelists. Pretend you can't tell asset re-allocation from economic growth. Pretend you can't tell Ahmedinejad from Hitler. Pretend you can't tell anyone from Hitler, really. Just be dumb and you're a good Republican. And, since reality has a well-known liberal bias, playing dumb is really the safest place for a Republican to hide. Their incompetence is impregnable within their ignorance, real or feigned.
But now that's not enough. Now, you have to be willing to be ripped off at the pump and then happily sing the praises of the people who are ripping them off. Today, to be a Republican, you have to lick the hand that beats you.
I just don't understand what motivates that, but I'm trying.
Perhaps it's no wonder that Clayton Williams said rape victims should just lay back and enjoy it. He wasn't speaking as a rapist, he was speaking as a Republican. There's nothing they enjoy more than rape. Don't believe me? Turn on the Tee-Vee and watch them shill for big oil to the ruin of their country and themselves. Republicans, for instance, oppose gay marriage but love prison rape. Go figure.
Folks, I've been saying this for a long time. If you are not extremely well off, financially - and by that I mean at least $200,000 a year in income, you're voting against your own interests if you fall for the Republican line.
The profound disrespect of Republicans to working Americans is insult and injury like rape - just much more slowly. It is a type of rape that we will pay the consequences for long after we have been brutalized. It is a rape that passes from generation to generation, only building upon itself.
Voting out the GOP corporate aristocracy this November is a beginning to stopping this cycle. Getting Washington fundamentally cleaned up and restoring the checks and balances that actually punish wrong-doers is what we need to do in the long term.
Update: Standard disclaimer applies. Not all Republicans - just the right-wing fanatical nut jobs they have running things. I feel sorry for the old-fashioned conservatives watching their party jump the shark.
Tonight! Thursday, June 19th, 2008 KLB will be hosting a Garden Secrets class on Waterwise Gardening. The class will be held at the Memorial Park Rec center (1950 "B" S Valley Pkwy) from 7-8pm with guest speaker and Master Gardener Janet Smith.
Remember, all Garden Secrets classes are provided FREE to citizens by Keep Lewisville Beautiful. Hope to see you there!
Oh, this is precious. Go watch the video, where even FOX calls bullshit on these guys, then come back to read on.
Incumbent Republicans are just tripping over themselves trying to push the same old insane policies that have gotten us into this awful $4 a gallon gasoline and $5 a gallon diesel. They stupidly decided to hold a presser on it.
Michael Burgess (R-TX 26), Joe Barton (R-TX 6), Kay Granger (R-TX 12), and Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) showed up at a CLOSED Tom Thumb grocery store in Arlington to demagogue to the media about their sophomoric ideas about economics. According to this bunch of bozos, all we have to do is "start drilling" and prices will "drop overnight".
Typical Republican for these folks to hide from their constituents and conduct this dog and pony show in a closed grocery store where the public can't get in there and ask about things like: - The Enron Loophole causing massive unregulated speculation and inflating prices. - Speculators paying a lower tax rate than people who work for a living. - $14,000,000,000 (14 billion) in Republican corporate welfare and tax breaks to Big Oil that haven't gotten us anywhere. - Record low values of the dollar due to a $9,000,000,000,000 national debt and record budget deficits and trade deficits run up during the Bush administration.
Michael Burgess will be holding an "Energy Expo" on June 28th. I think people need to turn out and ask Michael Burgess why he puts big banks like Morgan Stanley and UBS above the interests of his own constituents.
What really gets me is how these folks can stand there with straight faces and try to blame Democrats for this, when after a decade of Republicans calling the shots on energy policy (if you want to call it that), the chickens finally come home to roost. Republican Phil Gramm inserted the "Enron Loophole" which has allowed commodity market speculators to do to the rest of us what Enron did to California.
Allow Republicans just "a little more time" to fix it? That's like trying to extinguish a fire by smothering it with gasoline. Not only will it not work, but you can't afford it.
Update: This poll is completed. We have our winners.
Since WhosPlayin first signed up with ActBlue, we've been able to raise nearly $1,000 for Democratic candidates for North Texas!
Now that the primaries are over and our presidential nomination is settled, it's time to set some priorities for us. WhosPlayin would like to do a push to try to raise another $1000 from our readers prior to the November election.
I know that you all are a generous bunch, even in hard times.
What I want to know is which candidate or candidates that we should actively raise funds for using this blog. Who do we support the most? Should we ask our readers to spread the donation among our local candidates, or are there favorites? Tell us what you think, then email your friends and ask them to weigh in. I'll personally chip in an extra $50 to the winner:
Ah, good ole' Texas: Nothing but oil wells, sand, tumbleweeds and horses, y'all. At least that's what Yankees say they expect when they get off the plane at DFW Airport.
I guess Texas' Junior Senator John Cornyn (R) has been in Washington, DC so long, that he's forgotten that the vast majority of us live in cities and suburbs, and that except for a few that make their living on a ranch, and some affluent folks - most of just just don't ride horses.
Take this video that was used to introduce Cornyn at the Texas GOP convention:
At first, I thought it was a joke - that something funny would happen, and we'd see Senator Cornyn's lighter side. Nope, no sir... This is apparently done in all seriousness. He's even posted it on his campaign website. - I shit you not..
Do you think that maybe this is John Cornyn's answer to higher gas prices? Or maybe he's jealous because fellow GOP Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison can pull off the cowgirl thing better than he can?
In the video, he is even so bold as to claim that he has supported our troops. When? When he was voting against their pay raises? When we were trying to get them out of Iraq? When we were trying to pass a new GI Bill so they could go to college when they get out? When they were sent into combat in a war of choice without the proper armor? When they were at Walter Reed with vermin running around? Maybe he silently supported them from the sidelines in his draft-dodging days? I'm sure he's at least watched some war movies where he rooted for the Americans - yeah, that's it.
This was John Cornyn's "Dukakis" moment for sure. Remember Michael Dukakis driving a tank?
Ride off into the sunset, "Big John". This here state ain't big enough for the two of us, ya hear?
This November, Texans have a clear choice: Do you want a pandering Washington insider, career politician who talks the talk? Or would you rather have a Texan who walks the walk and gives all Texans his full attention, and has put his life on the line to serve us?
Alright folks, if there ever was a time for gloating or sulking at all, it's over. It's not productive, and we need to move on. We Democrats have a lot of work to do, up and down the ticket. The first thing we have to do is resolve to put aside our differences over the Presidential nomination and move forward together and work smartly to win some elections.
The healing begins THIS SATURDAY IN LEWISVILLE, TX:
What: Democratic Unity Rally - Denton County Democratic Party (Food, Live Music, Speakers, Meet Candidates, Register to Vote) When: Saturday, June 14, 2008 - 11 AM to 3 PM Where: Vista Ridge Amphitheater 3049 Lake Vista Drive; Lewisville, TX (15 miles north of Dallas)
View Larger Map Who: All Democrats and people who may vote Democratic Cost: FREE admission. Food and beverages available for sale. Limited number of Unity T-shirts are available for a small donation. Kids: Bring them with you. There will be activities. Parking: FREE ample parking. Sponsored by the Denton County Democratic Party Join us, volunteer, and support the campaign for change! (My idea was that "The beatings will continue until morale improves around here," but luckily, I got out-voted!)
What happens when 12,000 Democrats invade a notorious party city in Texas for their convention during the most contentious Democratic primary in recent history? Peace, love, understanding and business that runs like a well-oiled machine, of course. Oh, and the Governor’s mansion burns down.
All right, so it wasn’t all Kumbaya, even though State Sen. Liticia Van De Putte of San Antonio did ask us all to have metaphorical make-up sex in her speech. Even we bleeding hearts have to know that politics ain’t pretty. It’s the convoluted, sometimes painful, and ultimately entirely human process we trudge through to achieve our shared goal of peace, love, and understanding. And it’s that goal that keeps us in our caucuses until 2, 3, or 4 in the morning to elect our grassroots representatives. It’s that goal that had us working together in crowded booths to raise money for our county to support our candidates. It’s that goal that made the police and fire departments show up only once because of a fire alarm-pulling disruption. I call that success.
I did witness a nasty flare-up outside the convention and one in my Senate District caucus that had three delegates storm out. That was disheartening as it was due to a misunderstanding of the rules and the positions of National Elector vs. National Delegate. Unfortunately, there was also some polarization in the caucuses between Obama and Clinton when it came to voting for committee positions – from some on both sides, by the way. Disappointing since the presidential preference is irrelevant when it comes to serving one’s state party on a rules or platform or resolutions committee. It’s great to see so much new involvement, but it would be helpful if everyone made an effort to understand the process and the rules before unfairly lashing out at and working to vilify other dedicated Democrats.
While there were scattered incidents of Clinton and Obama tempers flaring, I experienced a strong unity overall among my fellow Texas Democrats. I was given the honor of pinning an Obama pin on my Clinton Delegate friend’s lapel after Hillary’s speech and I saw much of the same throughout. I ran into a Clinton supporter making a comment about my shirt and her shirt that seemed snarky at first, but we talked briefly and ended with a big hug. Amazing what can happen when people start listening to each other.
The race for TDP Chair got its 15 minutes when Roy Laverne Brooks and David Van Os worked to unseat Boyd Richie. Van Os gave an, um, let’s call it “intense” speech that got the crowd pumped until he kept on past the crescendo. Roy Laverne Brooks was introduced with thundering music and kept her remarks brief. In the end, neither fired-up candidate came close to causing an upset and Richie won handily. I believe the point was made: Boyd, you’ve done well overall, but don’t think we’re not paying attention. True Democrats keep a close eye on power and please let us continue to do so.
In Senate District 9, seasoned grassroots supporters and bright new faces came together in strong support of their chosen candidates and to represent their precincts and our county. You could almost literally feel the energy, the knowledge and the passion in the room. And yes, at times, you could feel the tension as well. Low blood sugar and sequestering will do that to people. In the end, I’m proud to announce that Denton County was well-represented with Isaac Brown elected to the rules committee and Kennedy Barnes as our new SD 9 Committeeman. That’s one hell of an accomplishment, especially considering Dallas County has a strong majority in the district.
Denton County deserves props for its showing in the Senate District caucuses and throughout. The Flower Mound Democrats sponsored and staffed a booth with Denton County, promoting our candidates and raking in a good haul for the County party by hawking those beloved Yellow Dog tees. A big thanks to all who helped! With our showing, including all those who ran strong races for committee, national elector and delegate positions, along with our presence throughout and the talent we have here, we can proudly announce that Denton County is on the Democratic map!
So now it’s time to work together to make that vision of equality, peace, and justice for all a reality. While the realist in all of knows humanity will always be flawed, we know the Democratic principles we share can and will lift us all. In that spirit, I have no doubt that we will set aside our egos, bruised or heightened, control our tempers and our frustrations, and recognize that this year’s success in turning Texas blue will be because we share a common vision and work together as a PEOPLE. Let’s go get ‘em!
Oh yeah, as far as the Gov’s mansion goes, we’re still waiting for the alibi committee to come back with their results.
Fire destroyed part of the Texas Governor's Mansion. This happened Sunday morning on the same weekend as the Texas Democratic Party convention was in Austin. So it took - oh, about 2 seconds for the nutzoid conspiracy theorists to start blaming Democrats for the fire. Can't tell you how badly I'd like to kick the perpetrator in the ribs.
Hopefully soon, we'll have a post from one of our local folks who attended the state convention and actually did something other than drink and walk around. I posted a few pics. You can see them on the left or in the photos section.