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Texas Blog Roundup for Week ending 9/20/2009

Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/21 8:01:32 (1316 reads)
Texas Progressive Alliance - Blog Roundups

The fall is upon us, and so the Texas Progressive Alliance closes out another summer with some more hot blogging.

Halliburton was fracking for Cabot and...Oh Oops! We Spilled Some! TWICE! Deadly Hydraulic Fracture Fluid! Ironically, industry just released part of their $80 million propaganda campaign asking people to submit "Eureka" moments. From TXsharon at Bluedaze: DRILLING REFORM FOR TEXAS.

Congressman "Deer in the headlights" Pete Olson (R-TX) gets called out at his town hall meeting and the police are called in!

The Texas Cloverleaf wonders when police departments will enter the 21st Century. A San Antonio lesbian couple sues in federal court over blatant harassment in their own home.

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Updated: A Dumbass 'Terms' Policy on a New Blog

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/19 23:30:00 (1375 reads)

If there's one thing worse than having lawyers involved in writing "terms and conditions" for free media like a blog, it's having non-lawyers write terms and conditions.

So I had a good laugh when I read the ironically named "Be Nice" policy on this blog:

Further, you are not allowed to reference the url (website address) of this website in any commercial or non-commercial media without express permission, nor are you allowed to 'frame' the site. You specifically agree to cooperate with the Website to remove or de-activate any such activities and be liable for all damages. You hereby agree to liquidated damages of US$100,000.00 plus costs and actual damages for violating this provision.

So, uh, does anyone think that they can dictate how the internet works by simply posting this one-sided idiotic pseudo-legalistic gibberish?

You mean if I reference the URL of the website "" and give them the attention they crave, they will be entitled to $100,000 from my broke ass?

Well, I thought I'd create our own "terms":

By reading this post, and/or printing or archiving it, forwarding it, lining your birdcage with it, or wiping your ass with it, you have agreed to waive all rights that you may think you have with regard to this blog, its writers, our friends, our family, and my gay dog Hank.

Furthermore, you agree that if you bring any legal action against this blog, under the rights you just gave up, you must post a $1,000,000 bond and remit a payment of $100 per clock hour between the time you file your action and the time that a judge shows your sorry ass the tip of his shoe and kicks you out of his courtroom.

You further agree by continuing to read, that you will pay the sum of $1,851 to each additional operator of a website that links to this post, if you should decide to breech this agreement. You also agree that when you lose your case, you will personally deliver the amount of the award in $1 bills in person, in the nude, at a time and place of our choosing.

You may opt out of this agreement by writing your objection on the back of a $100 bill, having it notorized, and mailing it to us by next-day air along with a printout of this page timestamped no later than 1 day prior to the postmark, and with a certified affadavit containing the IP address from which you accessed this site.

Update: I updated the text and title to be less mean, in light of the comments below. Dumbass behavior is worthy of scorn, but people who man up and correct themselves are not.

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Video: We're Number 37

Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/17 8:59:34 (1081 reads)

Read more about how the rankings were assembled.

Hat tip to Jillian for sending this along

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Senate Version: America's Healthy Future Act of 2009

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/16 17:12:41 (1451 reads)

Senate Finance chairman, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) released his Chairman's Mark version of his health care proposal today.

You can download and read the mark here. (pdf, 1.3MB)

The document is 223 pages, written in generally understandable form, explaining current law and proposed changes. It is not yet in the form of a bill, and is not yet available through Thomas.

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Burgess Supports Uncivil Yelling

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/15 20:30:00 (1944 reads)

In typical "rules are for suckers" fashion, Congressman Michael Burgess voted along party lines today against a resolution condemning the uncivil behavior by South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson.

Wilson, as you may recall, shouted "You Lie" (itself a lie) at President Obama during his speech on insurance reform. Although Wilson's conduct was a breech of House decorum, he refused to apologize to the house for his behavior, instead choosing to apologize to the President, then turn around and make the rounds with the media, reiterating his original offensive statement.

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Last Night's LISD Board Meeting

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/15 9:20:00 (3239 reads)

Last night I attended the LISD Board of Trustees meeting, and took some video.

It is hard to find the words to express my further disappointment in the board and superintendant.

20 citizens spoke at the public forum, 18 of which addressed the censorship of Obama's speech to students. Of the 18, 17 were there to express dissatisfaction with the decision to ban the speech. I only actually know a few of the people who spoke up, and at least one referred to this blog post.

Here is a YouTube playlist of all of the videos, kicked off with me a couple of hours before the meeting sharing my thoughts in a video blog:

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Gub. Candidate Gilbert Weighs in on Obama Address

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/10 8:21:21 (1307 reads)

TYLER—Hank Gilbert (D-Whitehouse), a candidate for Texas Governor, issued the following statement at the conclusion of the President’s healthcare address tonight:

“Texas has a higher percentage of its citizens living without health insurance than any other state in the nation. Instead of working constructively to do something about this problem, Governor Perry and Senator Hutchison behave like children on a school playground—each one peevishly blaming the other for our state’s problems. Or Washington. Or the 10th Amendment. Basically, doing anything BUT acknowledging their own failure and disregard for their fellow Texans.

One thing you also haven’t heard them say is how they’ll solve the health insurance crisis in Texas. Whether or not the President’s national healthcare plan becomes a reality, we have to do something about health insurance in Texas. We lead the nation in the number of uninsured children. We rank 46th out of the 50 states when it comes to the number of people covered by employer-funded healthcare plans.

That’s inexcusable. During the 24 years Rick Perry has held public office, and during the 18 years Kay Bailey Hutchison has held statewide office, neither has demonstrated the courage Texas needs to pull our state up by the bootstraps from the health insurance sinkhole. These two have more than four decades of government experience between them, and this is the best we get? Allowing health insurance lobbyists to control the agenda in their offices? Campaign coffers filled with money from health insurance interests?

I applaud the folks in Washington who are trying to do something to ease healthcare costs in an effort to help small businesses and ordinary Texans who have been abused for decades by greedy insurance companies. Insurance companies need aggressive competition and fair but strict regulation so consumers are protected and prices don’t skyrocket out of reach of ordinary Texans. Here in Texas, the first step toward making sure that happens is reforming the Texas Department of Insurance. As your governor, I will transform this agency, in cooperation with the Legislature, to make the Texas Insurance Commissioner an elected office held accountable to the voters, and not the governor.”

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Video: President's Speech to Congress on Health Care

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/9 17:00:00 (1465 reads)

President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress Wednesday night to make his case for what he wants included in health care insurance reform.

We carried the live stream, but don't yet have an archive video of the speech. But you can view the speech on C-SPAN

Read the full text of the President's remarks here.

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Lewisville ISD Reverses Obama Speech Ban

Lewisville ISD Notes
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/8 22:20:00 (2342 reads)

After many letters and phone calls from parents and community members, Lewisville ISD announced today that they would in fact now ALLOW their teachers to use President Obama's speech in the classroom, as appropriate:

District Clarifies Usage of President Obama’s Address to Students

Lewisville, TX – Due to logistical issues, the Lewisville Independent School District did not air President Obama’s speech to students live on Tuesday, Sept. 8. However, teachers may use President Obama’s speech as an instructional tool in the appropriate class time and grade-level. Parents and students will be notified prior to the classroom lesson and may opt-out of this activity. (emphasis ours)

Happy as we are to see this reversal, the fact remains that Superintendant Dr. Jerry Roy made a very bad call on this based entirely on political considerations, then continued to dig himself a deeper hole by not reversing himself in time to allow students to see this speech.

Roy claimed the ban was due to logistical issues, but given that he explicitly BANNED the speech from the classroom for teachers who would have been able to work the speech into their schedule and solve the very difficult task of navigating a web browser to the website, we find that excuse to be a major cop-out.

It was only after intense pressure by our parents and community members, and the exposure of this behavior that it was finally reversed. Sadly, the message may not reach all of the students who need it the most.

Further, the district continues to show appeasement towards the Texan version of the Taliban who feel entitled to enforce their myopic and bigoted world view on the rest of us.

Lets be absolutely clear about what this was: LISD chose to lend credence to utterly ridiculous claims that the President of the United States would use the opportunity of a speech about staying in school and exercising personal responsibility for one's education. LISD chose to appease conspiracy theorists and sore losers who have taken every opportunity to undermine our American system of government and its long tradition of peaceful revolution every 4 years at the ballot box.

Even with the recent death of Senator Ted Kennedy, the district chose to simply not fly the American flag at some of their campuses, rather than to do what is right, and what was ordered by the Governor and the President, and lower the flags to half-staff - a slap in the face to a great number of citizens in the district, as well as many who work in the schools.

If the district has chosen the courage-free low road in the past, then there is much more to worry about than whether or not our kids are getting the kind of good information this speech delivered today. It is time to question what other decisions may have been made with regard to textbooks, curriculum, staffing, taxation, and school boundaries.

Unfortunately Lewisville ISD has made it difficult for citizens to even participate in its decision-making process, holding a budget meeting on a weekday morning, and refusing to videotape and broadcast their board meetings.

Let this incident serve as a wakeup call for those of us who just trusted the system to work. We are going to have to show up at meetings, and demand that our elected Trustees set aside their partisan leanings and focus on what is best for our children and demand the same of the administration.

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Video: President's Speech to Children

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2009/9/8 7:40:00 (1546 reads)

The President's speech was given at 11:00 AM Central Time today.

(Read prepared remarks here)

The following is a letter from a retired long-time Lewisville ISD employee to the board:
Dear LISD board members.

Knowing all of you and working very closely with most of you for many years, it's very disheartening to be writing you at this time to express my sadness, disappointment and complete disagreement with your decision to not air President Obama's address on Tuesday.

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