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Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts Before Vodka

Links, Thoughts, and Open Thread
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/14 12:09:32 (980 reads)

True story about my step-brother Brian:

One day, Cheryl went to Walmart and left 3 year old Caleb with Brian. Brian was very much into a Longhorn ball game on television but figured it would make Cheryl happy to go alone and it would only be for an hour.

Caleb was pretending (like they do in day care) to be serving his dad a drink out of a big kids cup. He told his dad it was just water but his dad wanted to pretend like it was beer.

Cheryl came home after Brian had downed several (what he called) domestic, light & cold brews when she asked what he was drinking.

So, she followed Caleb to see his so called new "brewery". As Caleb was serving his Dad the last brew for the day.....Cheryl asked.....
'Did it ever occur to you that the only place Caleb can reach to get water is the toilet?


I wish I could have seen the look on Brian's face! That little Caleb is a stinker!

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Stonewall Dems Host Candidate Forum

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/13 15:16:42 (1236 reads)

Stonewall Democrats of Denton County are proud to sponsor a Democratic Candidates Forum during our next general meeting, on Thursday February 28th.

Join us at a special meeting location at 7:00 PM in Precinct 224 at the Castle Hills Community Center, 2501 Queen Margaret Dr, Lewisville TX 75056.

Candidates scheduled to appear:

Karen Guerra, candidate for District Judge, 16th Judicial District
Phyllis Wolper, candidate for Denton County Commissioner Pct 1
John McClelland, candidate for State Representative District 64
Jesus Carrillo, candidate for State Representative District 63
Baltasar Cruz, candidate for Texas Supreme Court Place 7
Ken Leach, candidate for US Congressional District 26
Tom Love, candidate for US Congressional District 24
A surrogate on behalf of Dale Henry, candidate for Railroad Commissioner
And a surrogate on behalf of Rick Noriega, candidate for US Senate

Changes to candidates may occur, as their schedules due conflict at times. But we are happy to have those listed joining us, and we may even get more to attend on Feb 28 (maybe an Obama or Clinton surrogate thrown in?)

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Back to Law School

The Nimrods Never Cease to Amaze Me
Posted by Aimlessness on 2008/2/13 11:30:53 (3063 reads)

Open in new windowYesterday, as I was driving to the Obama Rally at Gilly's in Dallas, I heard Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the radio.

Scalia was saying that it was not unconstitutional to torture during interrogation. According to Scalia, the Constitution only prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. He interprets this to mean that only during the punishment phase is torture prohibited.

CBS News Article
Reuters
BBC
USA Today
AP
The Jurist

I'm no constitutional scholar. I don't even have a law degree. But even I know that this statement is patently false. The Constitution does not allow torture during any phase. To allow it during interrogation is not a slippery slope, it is a cliff that goes right off into an abyss of darkness.

It is no secret that there have in the not so distant past been problems with confessions being beaten out of suspects by police. Quite often these turn out to be false. When Barack Obama was in the Illinois Legislature, he worked to get a bill passed that required video of interrogations and confessions because the problem was so wide spread. Were Scalia to get his way, Obama's efforts will have been for naught.

As a Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia has the power within his reach to alter what is acceptable practice. He has the power to make his statements the law of the land. Talk about legislating from the bench!

Maybe we should all chip in to get Scalia a refresher course on the Constitution.



Amy Manuel

Open in new window What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.

Open in new window Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous.

Open in new window Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented.
--Molly Ivins (August 30, 1944 - January 31, 2007)

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We don't need no education.

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/12 6:49:42 (1333 reads)

Rep. Mike Burgess (R-TX 26) was one of only 58 to vote against H.R. 4137 - College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007 - extending the Higher Education Act of 1965.

There is no explanation for this vote on Burgess' website.

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McCain on McCain.

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/11 21:06:01 (841 reads)

McCain thought the war in Iraq would be easy before he thought it was hard:

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2008 Primary Early Voting Locations

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/11 20:52:03 (7180 reads)

Note: Early voting for the 2008 Primary is now over.


If you have not yet voted, you must now vote on March 4 at your Election Day Polling Location!

March 4, 2008 Primary Election

Early Voting Dates, Times and Locations

 

Before Election Day, you may vote at any of the following convenient locations. On Election Day, however, you must vote at the location at which your precinct is assigned. You may also check your voting location by calling 940-320-VOTE. You may call the Denton County Democratic Party at 940-566-1165 if you do not know your precinct number. Or, you may use the convenient Voter Registration Search to determine your precinct.
 

Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the following locations, dates and times ONLY:

February 19 - 22....................................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
February 23...........................................7:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 24...........................................1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
February 25 - 29.....................................7:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Locations:
For your convenience, we have provided pictures and maps of the buildings.

Aubrey Community Center
408 N. Main Street
Aubrey
[Map][Photo]
Roanoke Community Center
312 S. Walnut Street
Roanoke
[Map][Photo]
Frankford Town Homes
18110 Marsh Lane
Dallas
[Map][Photo]
Joseph A. Carroll Building
401 W. Hickory
Denton
[Map][Photo]
Denton City Hall
215 E. McKinney
Denton
[Map][Photo]
Justin Municipal Building
415 N. College
Justin
[Map][Photo]
Highland Village Municipal Complex
1000 Highland Village Road
Highland Village
[Map][Photo]
Lake Dallas City Hall
212 Main Street
Lake Dallas
[Map][Photo]
Lewisville Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street
Lewisville
[Map][Photo]

Carrollton Public Library
4220 N. Josey
Carrollton
[Map][Photo]

The Colony Government Center
6301 Main Street
The Colony
[Map][Photo]

The following early voting locations will ONLY be open the dates and times listed:

February 19.............................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.Sanger First Baptist Church
708 S. 5th Street
Sanger
[Map][Photo]
February 20.............................8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February 21 - 22.......................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
February 23.............................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 25 - 26.......................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 27.............................7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
February 28 - 29.......................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 20.............................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Flower Mound Police and Court Building
4150 Kirkpatrick
Flower Mound
[Map][Photo]
February 22.............................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
February 23.............................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 24.............................1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
February 25 - 29.......................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
February 28 - 29.......................7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.Trophy Club MUD
100 Municipal Drive
Trophy Club
[Map][Photo]


More about the Texas Democratic Primary - Who are we voting for?

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WhosPlayin Calendar

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/11 15:47:28 (715 reads)

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Texas Progressive Blog Roundup

Miscellaneous
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/10 22:44:17 (929 reads)

It's Sunday Night, and that means it is time once again for the Texas Progressive Alliance Weekly Blog Round-Up. This week's round-up, compiled by TXsharon from Bluedaze.


Gary at Easter Lemming Liberal News
urges Texans to NOT give to veterans by mail. At least not without some investigation. Read about the fake veteran's charities scam supported by Republicans in Cheating Charitable Givers and Veterans.

Mayor McSleaze at McBlogger takes some time out of his busy schedule to ask a few important questions of Michael Moore and our friends at MoveOn.Org.

What is Congress to do?! The Texas Cloverleaf looks at how the Bush administration continues to ignore the US House and hurt Texas, in it's blatant disregard of the Congressional order to end the DOT's plan for Mexican trucks in America.

Plastic bags are now extinct in Ireland. TXsharon at Bluedaze wants to know why the U.S. can't do the same.

How much was the Katy Freeway expansion in Houston supposed to cost? Off the Kuff digs through some story archives to show that what TxDOT is saying now about initial cost estimates is not what it was saying then.

Open Source Dem at Brains and Eggs comments on the possibility of brokered conventions in both Austin and Denver this summer, and how the March 4 primary in Texas will clarify -- or muddy -- the outlook.

CouldBeTrue at South Texas Chisme cautions reasonable people to be wary about arguing over that d*mn fence! Republicans are building a monument to racism and fear not trying to solve any problems with a coherent policy.

Hal has a a couple of postings this week at Half Empty, this one is the main event, a new theory on whether there is a new canary about to sing to the Feds about Tom DeLay's past indiscretions, and this one is about some motivation for that.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson has this wrap up from last week's hearings on TxDOT at the capitol, Without Williamson, TxDOT Becomes Scapegoat.

Phillip Martin at Burnt Orange Report has done an exhaustively comprehensive analysis of how Texas hybrid primary/caucus system works, as well as looked at some of the politics of each of Texas' 31 Senate Districts that will award delegates on March 4. Read the two-part series here: Part 1 (caucus explanation) and Part 2 (delegate analysis).

BossKitty at BlueBloggin looks into Customs:
“Hand Over That Cell Phone, iPod & Laptop”
and just how intrusive the government has become putting travelers and their company's private information at risk.

As we get ever nearer to the most important Texas primary in recent memory, The Texas Blue thinks potential prognosticators should keep five things in mind when it comes to making predictions.

In addition to a ton of Texas presidential race coverage, Vince at Capitol Annex reveals that State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford) has taken an illegal contribution from an energy lobbyist.

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Scouting for Food this Saturday in Lewisville

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/8 20:13:03 (1251 reads)

If you live in the Lewisville, TX area and your door-bell rings this Saturday morning, (2/9/2008) please open your door and open your pantry for the Cub Scouts of Pack 729. (among others)

All across the area, Scouts in uniform will be going door-to-door to collect donations of canned goods and shelf-stable items for the less fortunate. All donations from Lewisville will be distributed by Christian Community Action (CCA).

Please help us teach these young boys the virtue of charitable works.

What: Scouting for Food
Who: Boy Scouts of America - Longhorn Council - Pack 729 (and others)
Where: YOUR FRONT DOOR: Most neighborhoods in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Little Elm, and The Colony
When: Saturday, Feb. 9th, 2008 - 9 AM to 1 PM

Q & A:
What if I'm not going to be home, or I'm going to sleep in?
Place non-perishable non-glass items on your front porch. If there are items on your porch, the boys won't ring your doorbell.

What if the scouts don't show up?
You may take your food donations to CCA's donation center on Mill St. in Lewisville. Some area Tom Thumb stores may also have donation barrels.

What about cash?
The charities AND the scouting organizations would be happy to take your cash, but please don't leave it out on your porch, or hand it to a kid. Contact CCA or your local Boy Scouts chapter for more information.

What items do you need the most?
Anything non-perishable is gratefully accepted, but the following items are "golden:"

- Diapers
- Baby Food
- Toilet Paper
- Personal Hygiene Items
- Soups
- Unsweetened Cereals
- Chicken Broth
- Canned Pasta
- Condiments

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Guide to Texas Delegate Selection & Primary System

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2008/2/8 10:15:12 (2545 reads)

Anna Topia has a good writeup on
how the Texas Democratic Party will select delegates for the presidential nominee:

Texas has a primary/caucus/convention delegate selection process. 228 delegates are up for grabs. The Lone Star Project states that "126 delegates will be assigned based on primary results...67 are determined through a convention process." Visit that link for a further breakdown of the numbers, and make sure to keep your eyes on Burnt Orange Report over the next few days, as they're working up some posts analysing the numbers. I won't focus on those numbers in this post, but rather, the process.

Our primaries are open. Anyone who is registered to vote in Texas can participate in the primary and caucuses. In addition, since we do not have "hard party registration", voters are allowed to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but not both. It's either/or.

Now, which ever party's primary ballot you pick (D or R) is the one you are eligible to caucus for. So, for example, you can't vote in the Republican primary and try to caucus with the Dems, and vice versa.

Our caucus/convention system has three teirs: precinct level, senate district level, and state level.

The first caucuses are held at the precinct level. You'll most likely caucus where you cast your primary vote. If not, your caucus location should be posted at your polling place. The caucuses are run by the elected precinct chairs. Most caucus locations host multiple precincts. If there is no elected precinct chair for your caucus, you'll wait for the other caucus to finish and that precinct chair will help run your caucus. If you have no precinct chair, one may be elected on caucus night. The number of delegates allocated to each precinct is based on voter turnout in the last Gubernatorial election. The more people who voted in your precinct, the more delegates you get allocated to move on to the Senate District convention (the 2nd part of this three-tier process).


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