What a week this has been. Rick Perry got all worked up at a tea bagging party and threatened to secede from the Union. Pirates are making headlines. What century are we in? Need an update? Here's this week's Texas Progressive Alliance blog roundup.
When: Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area Cost: Free
Honor Earth Day 2009 by enjoying the day at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Activities include bison tours, guided hikes, and a bird walk. Guests can also learn how to kayak, tour the Minor-Porter Log House and visit the live Birds of Prey exhibit. Guided hikes will be given on the new Bittern Marsh Trail. Shuttle service is available from the City of Lewisville City Hall at 151 West Church Street. For more information please call 972.219.3930.
There's been a lot of chatter recently, especially on conservative talk radio, about a recent Homeland Security report on "right wing extremists". These are the radicals like Timothy McVeigh who might commit acts of domestic terrorism out of some misguided idea that killing people will make everyone suddenly adopt their right wing agenda.
Most of the talk completely misses the point that this document is a tool for law enforcement to basically identify and understand potential sources of violence.
The report is NOT about conservatives or conservatism, but rather talks about "right wing extremism". In fact the words "conservative" and "Republican" do not appear anywhere.
Here is how the report itself defines rightwing extremism:
Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, orrejecting government authority entirely. It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.
Now, can you take a deep breath and relax? If you're not building bombs in your garage, or stockpiling ammunition to fend off the "black helicopters", and you believe that the ballot is mightier than the bullet, you have NOTHING to worry about.
North Korea cannot be allowed to process any more plutonium, given that they have been experimenting with long-range missiles. This doesn't mean that you pre-emptively nuke them, but they can't be allowed to reprocess spent fuel.
Conventional weapons could be used to disable the facility, but that could harm our relationship with China, and possibly spread small amounts of nuclear waste over the area.
I really would not want to be Barack Obama right now. "Welcome to the White House, sir. Here's a fire hose, now drink!"
Here at WhosPlayin, nothing chaps our asses like censorship. In yet another case of a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Goldman Sachs has tried to muzzle a blogger who has started a website at www.goldmansachs666.com to expose Goldman Sachs' misconduct.
Although I can't vouch for the information being given out there, I can say that it's vitally important that bloggers not be shut down with lawsuits by every corporation that is anxious to keep their misconduct secret. Sunlight is a great disinfectant.
SOUTHLAKE - The CGS (Colleyville-Grapevine-Southlake) Democrats, a chapter of the Mid-Cities Democrats, will host the "Support America Rally" as a show of unity and overall approval of President Barack Obama and his plan to help Main Street Americans weather our current economic storm.
"The "Tea Party" rallies on April 15th are nothing more than an endorsement of obstructionism and overall lack of ideas that we've come to expect from Republican leadership," said Mark Bauer, President of the CGS Democrats.
"We support our President and we support our country. It took a long time to get us in this fiscal mess and it will take time to get America out of it. Our country will succeed because of leadership that President Obama is providing right now," commented Bauer.
The CGS Democrats invite everyone who supports the President to join us Wednesday, April 15th at 12:00 p.m. at 1400 Main Street, in front of City Hall, at the Southlake Town Square.
The CGS Democrats club is dedicated to getting Democratic candidates elected and furthering Democratic principles and values in our community.
BossKitty at TruthHugger cannot accept that Tax Laws, Tax Legislation and Lawmakers are ignorant to the fact that keeping the taxpayer clueless brings in more revenue. Built in vagueness and contradiction guarantee more tax dollars collected. This country has brainwashed its taxpayers, that it is easier to waste their money on sleazy preparers and tax software, than to learn what taxes are all about. Taxpayers are complicit in their own misery, even though the government really tries to make the facts available. Taxpayers are convinced that taxes are just a necessary evil ... "Death and Taxes". But today, Can You Trust Your Tax Software When It Can’t Keep Up.