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Monday, March 28, 2005

You're Damn Right You Have

That would be my response to this quote, which Atrios has deemed his "Quote of the Day":
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"We've been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of the culture."
-- Pastor Ray Mummert, speaking about his desire to put the teaching on evolution back into public schools.
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That's right -- we've attacked you . . . and we are not going to stop anytime soon.

I'm Back

Sorry for the long absence. Look for a comprehensive post on the Place 3 City Council race later tonight.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

sorry about lack of posting

i have been working on some other projects. there are plenty of better blogs to keep you amused while i am gone.
check out bor, off the kuff & greg's opinion for texas news and the regulars: mydd, eschaton and dKos for national. a new pac: www.generationelection.org

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Strama Makes News in His First Session

You can go read about all the important stuff he is doing here (from The Daily Texan), but what I -- and the people of District 50 -- care about is his plan to outlaw the BCS. Texas Monthly's freshmen legislator of the year seems like its likely to go to Strama.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

city council place three

Thanks to the link from Burnt Orange Report, we have gotten a lot of hits today about the city council race in place three between Gregg Knaupe, Jennifer Kim, Mandy Dealey and Margot Clarke. To elaborate more on what I said in the last post, while I think Knaupe has asserted himself as the front runner now, by no means does that mean I am predicting he will win. I think it is likely he will lead going into the runoff though and after that . . . its all a turnout game.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Is Knaupe the Frontrunner In Place Three?

Its starting to appear that way. With big time endorsements from the Police and EMS Workers and the Austin Central Labor Council, it appears Gregg Knaupe has assumed the position of front runner in the race to replace Jackie Goodman in Austin City Council Place Three. Margot Clarke had been the presumed front runner for months, but Knauppe's endorsements, coupled with an effective campaign, show that he may just win the seat. But it won't be without a runoff. I don't know who will win this, but I am willing to bet that Knaupe will make it to the runoff. Any takers?

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Strama to Headline Young Democrats Fundraiser

Via BOR, word from Texas DNC committeeman David Holmes is that state Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin) will be giving the keynote speech at the Young Democrats fundraiser. For all I know, this may have already happened. While it may not seem like a big deal, Strama definitely deserves this recognition for running a great campaign. He is the future of the Texas Democratic Party.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Think Blue 2008

That's what the hottest wristbands around are saying. They read: http://www.ThinkBlue2008.com. I have blogged before about the "True Blue" wristbands, but these look even cooler ... not to hate on the True Blue folks. Best of all, all the money from Think Blue goes to your choice of the Red Cross, MoveOn.org or to adopt a platoon in Iraq. Pretty cool stuff.

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Markos thought Atrios had found some funny satire about Bush's social security plan when he posted this quote:

THE PRESIDENT: Because the -- all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There's a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those -- changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be -- or closer delivered to what has been promised.
Does that make any sense to you? It's kind of muddled. Look, there's a series of things that cause the -- like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate -- the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those -- if that growth is affected, it will help on the red.
Okay, better? I'll keep working on it.


Sadly, this is not a satire. Bush really said this in Tampa, Florida yesterday. He decided not to learn about his plan and now he is just making shit up.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Deep Throat To Be Revealed?

That's the word. John Dean says that Deep Throat is dying and that Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, has already written an obituary. So, who could it be? I have a few ideas. Anyone know what the current health of Fred Fielding, Mark Felt, Leonard Garment, Gordon Strachan, Ronald Zeigler, William Ruckelshaus, Richard Odle and Raymond Price. That's right, I have eight top suspects who I believe could be Deep Throat. My research hasn't been very thorough, so I could be missing something that would automatically disqualify some of these people. Fielding and Garment don't seem very likely, but I still put them on there. So, who do you think Deep Throat is? Leave it in the comments. Any tips on the health of these people? Leave it in the comments.

Are we really that close to finding out the greatest secret of generation?

Compassionate Conservatism ... Gotta Love It

In Omaha to pick his social security privatization to the public (and try to pressure Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) into voting for it), Bush had this exchange with a single mother. From The Washington Post and Eschaton:
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In Omaha on Friday, a divorced single mother named Mary Mornin tells the president, "I have one child, Robbie, who is mentally challenged, and I have two daughters."


"Fantastic," the president exclaims, and he tells her she has "the hardest job in America, being a single mom."

Later, the 57-year old Mornin tells Bush that she works three jobs, which the president deems "uniquely American" and "fantastic." He asks her if she gets any sleep.
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What the fuck is wrong with this man? We should remember, in the future, not to elect presidents who enjoy making fun of single moms. The only reason Mornin's sad story is "uniquely American" is because Bush has policies that are destructive to single mothers. I am honestly worried that when he said "Fantastic" he really meant it. Why should we have to analyze the fucked up things presidents say to single moms?

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