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wow. just wow.

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/30 7:36:11 (1116 reads)

I just got up a little while ago, having slept off some of the fatigue from 25 straight hours working at the Denton County Democratic convention.

I'm still tired, and haven't yet had my coffee. I can't think of how to best organize my thoughts about all of this. I want to write something that fully expresses the profound sense of awe and joy and exhilaration of what I witnessed.

Instead, I can just say "wow". I've yet to see which presidential candidate got the most delegates, but I'm satisfied that Denton County Democrats won. Our skeleton crew gained huge muscles in this process.

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Precinct Pairings, 2008 Denton Co. Dem Convention

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/27 15:09:22 (1418 reads)

This comes from Denton County Democratic Party HQ. My attempt at an explanation is at the bottom:

Senate District 9

2008 PCT SD Bell Vote Delegates to State 2008 Pairing
200 9 155 Paired w/ 213
203 9 78 Paired w/ 221 223
204 9 352 1
205 9 197 1
206 9 217 1
207 9 211 1
208 9 198 1
209 9 301 1
210 9 273 1
211 9 376 2
212 9 293 1
213 9 145 Paired w/ 200
215 9 237 1
217 9 231 1
218 9 262 1
220 9 278 1
221 9 51 Paired w/ 203 223
223 9 108 Paired w/ 203 221
224 9 187 1
225 9 327 1
226 9 205 1
300 9 355 1
301 9 121 Paired w/ 312
303 9 202 1
304 9 291 1
305 9 327 1
307 9 295 1
308 9 224 1
309 9 337 1
310 9 247 1
311 9 258 1
312 9 179 Paired w/ 301
313 9 149 Paired w/ 314
314 9 159 Paired w/ 313
315 9 163 Paired w/ 318
316 9 247 1
317 9 292 1
318 9 84 Paired w/ 315
319 9 182 1
320 9 319 1
321 9 182 1
323 9 184 1
324 9 288 1
409 9 226 1
422 9 152 Paired w/ 428
423 9 231 1
424 9 174 Paired w/ 425
425 9 178 Paired w/ 424
428 9 169 Paired w/ 422
10897 41 from PCT
19 at large

Senate District 12

2008 PCT SD Bell Vote Delegates to State 2008 Pairing
107 12 180 1
108 12 238 1
109 12 164 Paired w/ 201
110 12 275 1
111 12 290 1
112 12 180 1
113 12 75 Paired w/ 114 306
114 12 152 Paired w/ 113 306
115 12 219 1
117 12 237 1
118 12 229 1
119 12 200 1
120 12 356 1
122 12 77 Paired w/ 124
123 12 300 1
124 12 103 Paired w/ 122
126 12 195 1
127 12 186 1
129 12 227 1
130 12 240 1
131 12 257 1
132 12 25 Paired w/ 421 427 429
134 12 0 0 Phantom Precinct
135 12 310 1
136 12 195 1
137 12 200 1
138 12 0 0 Phantom Precinct
139 12 0 0 Phantom Precinct
201 12 147 Paired w/ 109
202 12 288 1
214 12 83 Paired w/ 219
216 12 237 1
219 12 172 Paired w/ 214
222 12 221 1
302 12 255 1
306 12 1 Paired w/ 113 114
322 12 168 Paired w/ 412
400 12 181 1
401 12 190 1
411 12 341 1
412 12 161 Paired w/ 322
413 12 198 1
414 12 231 1
417 12 89 Paired w/ 420
419 12 230 1
420 12 123 Paired w/ 417
421 12 156 Paired w/ 132 427 429
427 12 45 Paired w/ 132 421 429
429 12 41 Paired w/ 132 421 427
8668 36 from PCT
12 at large

Senate District 30

2008 PCT SD Bell Vote Delegates to State 2008 Pairing
100 30 208 1
101 30 117 Paired w/ 102
102 30 153 Paired w/ 101
103 30 179 Paired w/ 133
104 30 262 1
105 30 207 1
106 30 464 2
116 30 140 Paired w/ 402
121 30 107 Paired w/ 128
125 30 344 1
128 30 80 Paired w/ 121
133 30 37 Paired w/ 103
402 30 70 Paired w/ 116
403 30 325 1
404 30 464 2
405 30 523 2
406 30 185 1
407 30 228 1
408 30 225 1
410 30 130 Paired w/ 426
415 30 377 2
416 30 401 2
418 30 223 1
426 30 142 Paired w/ 410
5591 24 from PCT
7 at large


OK, folks, this is why IT MATTERS to VOTE EVERY YEAR - not just in presidential elections. Your votes in 2006 for the Democratic candidate for Governor, Chris Bell, determined how many delegates to the state convention that you had this year.

For every full 180 votes for Chris Bell, your precinct got 1 delegate to the state Democratic convention. All fractional delegates were rounded down, and the remainder was allocated to the "At Large" pool for your Senate district.

If a precinct failed to have a full delegate - meaning it had less than 180 votes, then two or more similar precincts within your Senate district (SD) may have been combined. If your precinct was combined, then your combined delegation will elect one delegate.

The remainders that were rounded down in each Senate district are added together and become a total of At-Large delegates. Thus if you are not elected a delegate from your precinct, you may try to get an at-large spot. This may be the best route if your candidate of choice did not win your precinct caucus.

Please note that although I publish things from the Denton County Democratic Party at times, I can never guarantee that my version is official. As always, please check www.dentondemocrats.org for the latest information.

See you Saturday.

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Lacy Jade in Lewisville

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/25 22:08:35 (2183 reads)

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Lacy Jade:


Listen to more songs on her MySpace Profile:
http://www.myspace.com/lacyjadeband

MamaSk8z and I got a chance to see Lacy Jade and Lewisville songwriter Ron Grimes. Lacy is a 24 year old country singer from Arlington with a bodacious set of pipes. She plays guitar, sings, and even writes her own songs. Her style reminds me a bit of Martina McBride. Lacy is even a contestant on this year's Nashville Star talent competition.

She'll be appearing this Friday, March 28th in Old Town, Lewisville.

You've got to hear her do "Cowboy's Sweetheart;" the yodeling is dead on! Go see her before she's too famous to stop in Lewisville.

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Setting the record straight

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/25 21:32:13 (1128 reads)

(Ed. note: Reprinted by permission)
By CRAIG ADAIR Special to the Star-Telegram
Philip J. Romero suggests that Arizona's draconian new laws are a
natural response to federal inaction and what he calls the "economic
imperative," or the costs associated with illegal immigration. He's
right about federal inaction (and that politicians' bark has been much
bigger than their bite on the issue), but he is very wrong about the
economics -- and particularly so in Texas.

Romero claims that government provides more in services to undocumented immigrants than it receives in taxes by a factor of 8 to 1. That figure has no relevance for Texans.

At the federal level, even the highest estimate by such biased advocates as the Center for Immigration Studies indicates that the cost of providing services to undocumented immigrants exceeds taxes paid by those immigrants by a ratio of less than 2 to 1.

In Texas, where our government is funded by consumption taxes paid equally by immigrants and non-immigrants alike, the comptroller found that the cost of services barely exceeds taxes paid (a ratio of 1.2 to 1).

Conspicuously absent from Romero's account are the huge economic benefits of a larger labor force and cheaper goods and services. In Texas, those benefits dwarf net fiscal costs by a factor of 35 to 1 ($17.7 billion economic gain compared to $504 million fiscal drain).

Romero also is wrong about undocumented immigrants in prisons.

Virtually every academic study of U.S. prison populations over the past 100 years has found that immigrants are under-represented, not over-represented, in our prisons. A survey of adult males in U.S. prisons in 2000 found native-born men to be incarcerated at a rate five times greater than immigrant men.

Data from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice show that in 2006, immigrants (both documented and undocumented) in Texas were incarcerated at one-half the rate of the native-born population.

Beyond numbers, Romero fails to point out the deeper contradictions in Arizona's new laws.

Although he mentions the self-defeating nature of Arizona's restricting immigrant access to higher education, he neglects to mention that, as was reported in the Star-Telegram last week, Arizona is considering its own guest worker program because employers can't get the workers they need.

READ THEM AGAIN

For the March 14 Phillip Romero op-ed "That policy vacuum will be filled," go to www.star-telegram.com/245/story/528982.html

For the news story "2 states consider guest-worker programs" from March 14, go to www.star-telegram.com/462/story/529467.html

Craig Adair is the legislative director for state Rep. Lon Burnam,
D-Fort Worth.

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How We Marked the 5th Anniversary Here in Lewisville

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/24 19:27:57 (1030 reads)



I didn't talk to the young woman at the beginning of the video, so I'm not certain what all of the conspiracy stuff is.

I was there, and if you can watch without having a seizure, you might see me. Still photos are below, and if you click each one, you can get a better view, and a description of what was going on:

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I Will Challenge your Credentials in a Dallas Minute

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by MexicoBob on 2008/3/24 18:33:57 (1237 reads)

Hear ye, hear ye! All Texas residents take heed and pay attention to the contents of your refrigerator, lest your Texas citizenship be revoked and your sorry ass be deported back North of the Red River for refusing to assimilate.

All native-born Texans must have at least eight (8) of the following items in their kitchen:

- Some form of Pace Picante Sauce. (Or home-made salsa)
- One or more Shiner brand beers
- Texas-made wine, such as St Genvieve, but the more obscure, the better.
- Pickled Okra, preferably "Taste-o-Texas" brand.
- Stubbs Barbecue Sauce (points subtracted for using Kraft or KC's)
- Limes or lime juice
- Corn tortilla chips NOT made by Frito-Lay
- Guacamole (Texans know that it's pronounced "wah-ka-MO-leh")
- Blue Bell Ice Cream (or at least an empty tub)
- Various bottles of red pepper sauce
- Multiple Chili recipes
- Ranch Style Beans (They're "Husband Pleasin'") (Black-eyed peas may be substituted from Dec 25 - Jan 2nd)
- Something with a Tom Thumb or H.E.B. label.
- A Sonic or Dairy Queen bag containing leftovers
- Big Red or Dr. Pepper soda, or a jug of sweet tea.

Foreigners and Yankees with at least ten (10) of these items may apply for asylum and permanent residency.

That is all.

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Progressive Blog Roundup

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/24 8:09:27 (920 reads)

It's Monday, and that means it is time for the Texas Progressive Alliance weekly blog round-up. The round-up is compiled every week based upon voluntary submissions by TPA member bloggers.

Off the Kuff takes a look at the primary vote for Democratic candidates in Harris County by State Rep district.

Dwayne Bohac: A Study in Rovian Politics takes a look at an incumbent Republican Rove clone and his basic hypocracy. It uses his public utterances on "clean air" to host him on his own corporate petard.

The Texas Cloverleaf notes that TxDOT is handing out the awards, this time to Denton County Judge Mary Horn, for her "hard work" on building roads. But why do they note the projects that have never been completed?

CouldBeTrue notes that the Texas State Board of Education has 'better' things to do than represent Hispanic children.

Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News tells people Happy Easter! now suck it up. If that rant about economics goes more into hedonics than you ever wanted to know he also offers a link to explaining the credit crisis for kindergarteners.

Over at Doing My Part For The Left takes a look at the bigotry of homophobic Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma and wipes tears from his eyes as he reads a letter to Rep Sally Kern from a young man who knows what it is to lose a loved one.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson after reading through the headlines asks Should Texas Be Worried About The Economy?

Hal at Half Empty has a bone to pick with Bush's Presidential Library committee. As planned on the SMU campus, not only will it cause the distruction of student housing and a strip mall, but the obliteration of a La Madeleine cafe boutique. Hal has an alternative suggestion.

For the Democratic primary runoff election (scheduled for April 8, with early voting commencing March 31) PDiddie at Brains and Eggs reiterates his endorsement of Dale Henry for Texas Railroad Commission and Larry Weiman for 80th Ciivl District Court of Harris County.

Vince at Capitol Annex notes that the federal government has asked the state to postpone the roll-out of the state's new troubled food stamp eligibility screening computer program.

McBlogger at McBlogger take a look at the collapse of Bear Stearns and see that JP Morgan Chase may have created the deal of the century.

BossKitty at BlueBloggin reminds us that our war hungry vice president Dick Cheney is on the war path again; Cheney Stalks Middle East One More Time but the Saudi King is playing a different drum.

WhosPlayin talks about what it was like to work at the polls on Primary Election day.

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2008 Denton County Democratic Convention

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/23 22:33:45 (2306 reads)

From Neil Durrance, County Chair, Denton County Democratic Party

Dear Fellow Democrats:

CONVENTION TIME IS HERE!! SPREAD THE WORD!!! After an astonishing primary (54,000 Democratic Voters!!!) it is now time to have our Denton County Democratic Party County Convention. Our party has grown by over 1000 percent since the last primary. Yes, I said 1000 percent! The result is that we have outgrown all facilities in Denton County.

Our County Convention will be held in the Quakertown/Civic Center Park located in Denton, Texas, March 29, 2008 beginning with registration at 8:30 and the convention lasting until 4:00 p.m. Because we are a party of unity and inclusion, we must now all pitch in to host the largest political convention ever held in history of Denton County and we need your help. Many of you have already stepped forward and the Party we is grateful for your efforts.

We need volunteers for greeters, information distribution, contacting of delegates, facility operation, packet construction, computers and many other positions. If you can help with any positions you should immediately contact Barbara Edward at barbed2000@yahoo.com or call the County Headquarters at (940) 566-1165. (Don't ask for Jace, he's had a rough week.) We will be glad to direct you to the area of your interest.

We also need donations to defray the costs of the convention. We estimate the convention will cost approximately $12,000.00 and we are well on our way to this goal for having a first rate convention thanks to the donations of money and equipment by members of the party. We also want our convention to be environmentally friendly by carpooling, (not to mention the savings on parking space). Donations should be made payable to the Denton County Democratic Party.

So, bring your most comfortable lawn chair (no tree swings, please), a blanket to relax for the afternoon and enjoy the music, and your energized Democratic Spirit for a time to showcase our Party as we make our way to the State Convention in June and Victory in November.


Your County Chair,

Neil L. Durrance
Updated 3/26/08:
Intro Letter for Delegates (PDF format, 78 K)
Delegate Packet (PDF format, 145 K)
Intro Letter for Delegates (MS Word format, 169 K)
Delegate Packet (Rich Text format, 1.1 MB)


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Cooking the books...

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/22 21:58:32 (997 reads)

When one looks at the governement-supplied data for economic indicators, such as GDP, Inflation, etc., the numbers look bad enough that we should all have a huge case of red ass.


A couple of months ago, I spent about 30 hours researching and writing using government-supplied data to show just how poorly our economy has done under Bush-o-nomics. (Didn't yet publish it - got too busy) I knew at the time that inflation was probably understated due to changes in the CPI during both the Clinton and Bush administrations, but I didn't realize to what extent until I read this and started following some of the links therein. (Hat tip to Gary Denton)

What's worse is that you find out economists find the government numbers now so awful and so useless that they subscribe to alternate services like Shadowstats.

Long story short:


The.
Government.
Cooks.
The.
Books.


And it is pretty clear when you see the lengths they go to, that this is not simply your garden-variety incompetence; it's outright politically-motivated perjury.

Folks, you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars to subscribe to a service to tell you inflation is bad. Just go to the grocery store. $13 for a can of coffee? $3.30 for 1/2 gallon of milk? $3.50 for gas?

I sure feel sorry for Americans living on Social Security or other fixed-income retirement plans. They're getting shafted, and they can't even afford the "Kentucky" Jelly. That's okay, the government assumes you'll substitute soap, and you'll like it.*

Enjoy your cheap computers, because that's the only raise you got this year. Didn't buy one this year? Neither did I.


Friday, on Hannity's radio show, Ann Coulter said that Democrats entire platform boils down to promoting sodomy. I thought I'd just point out the GOP's sodomy policy.

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Painless help for Rick Noriega

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/3/20 16:45:28 (1000 reads)


Click the banner and vote for Rick Noriega in the Progressive Patriot contest. If he gets the most votes, he will receive $5,000 from the Progressive Patriot Fund.

Rick Noriega is challenging corporate lackey John Cornyn to represent the people of Texas in the U.S. Senate.

Rick Noriega is endorsed by WhosPlayin.com and the Texas Progressive Alliance

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