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An attempt at a left leaning perspective on the cultural and political goings-on in San Angelo, Texas, and hey, maybe even the nation.

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

...SAID THE DESERT TO THE GRAIN OF SAND


Further proof that Faux News takes Repube talking points as Gospel:

Austin District Attorney Ronnie Earle, a fierce partisan Democrat with political ambitions, is currently investigating two (of Tom DeLay's) PACs;


Vince Leibowitz at Yellow Dog nails 'em to the wall.

Atleast Mr. Earl, a thirty year veteran of the D.A.'s office has the right take about it all:
"Being called partisan and vindictive by Tom DeLay is like being called ugly by a frog." -Ronnie Earl, February 2004


You said it.

Monday, March 29, 2004

I've been wanting to post on the whole Craddick/DeLay imbroglio for a while, but have yet to have the time or, what I felt, was enough of a grasp on the issue to give me the proper insight. This February 27th article in the Texas Observer gives an excellent rundown of who the players are, what happened, and a good amount of background into the legislation that came about after the Sharpstown scandal.

I think it deals a little too lightly with what in my opinion was the grand motive behind everything, (including the founding of TRM and ARM), which was Speaker of the House for Tom DeLay. It didn't have that much to do with dumping the largely conservative Dem legislators. They generally voted the will of their constituency and, (with the exception of Lloyd Doggett) did little to create headaches for the Repubes. No, DeLay needed Craddick as Texas Speaker, and Abbott as Texas AG to push through, and subsequently approve, the mid-decade redistricting. DeLay needs more friendly Republican votes in Congress come 2004. Because what Randy Neugebauer delivers that Charlie Stenholm doesn't is a vote for him (over Nancy Pelosi, or even Dennis Hastert) as SOTH come January.

But now, it turns out that DeLay can't have any party leadership roles while under indictment. Wouldn't that be some sweet justice?

Of course it didn't hurt that the newly formed district TX-11 was custom made for longtime Bush/Craddick crony Mike Conaway. Click here to contribute to his competition, Wayne Raasch. Yeah, I had to dig to find out who he was, too. Maybe some donations will help him improve his web page.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Our senator lives in a black hole.

In an opening statement, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), presiding over the hearing as chairman of the subcommittee on constitutional law and a fervent supporter of banning gay marriage, dismissed as a "myth" the notion that "my marriage doesn't affect your marriage."

"Redefining marriage in a way that reduces it to a financial and legal relationship will only accelerate the deterioration of family life," Cornyn said.


Lets Recap:

accelerates the deterioration of family life

doesn't

Friday, March 19, 2004

To my hundreds of thousands of readers:

If you're in the mood for a road trip this weekend, and feel like hearin some tunes while you're Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards, head to Houston for Blue Hat Project's second annual One World Beat Music Festival


It'll be big times
4 MORE YEARS! 4 MORE YEARS!

No, not that guy.


this guy.

Thursday, March 18, 2004

FOUR Days until Houston Harte (a.k.a. 'U' 306) opens and delivers us from the evils of Sherwood Way.

WooHoo
Los Lonely Boys clean-up at SXSW Austin Music Awards.

Austin 360 writes:


San Angelo sensations Los Lonely Boys took song, album and band of the year honors at the Austin Music Awards ceremony at the Austin Music Hall.

"It's a blessing," drummer Ringo Garza said of the band's meteoric rise. "I thank God we're here to play this music and pray that we live for tomorrow to play it some more."

"Heaven," written by Henry, Jojo and Ringo Garza, won song of the year. Jojo Garza also grabbed best bass player honors.




Congratulations guys.

The Secretary of State's office has had results from last Tuesday's primary up on its website for a while now. What you may already know is that Democratic ballots outnumbered Republican ballots by almost 150,000. This is pretty easy to dismiss at first glance. The Republicans have a popular, (among Texas Republicans, at least), sitting president running unopposed at the head of their ballot. So of course voter turnout is low. But, essentially Kerry had already wrapped up the nomination. I suspect Dem turnout would have been much, much higher if John Edwards were still in the race. Texas Dems are slowly warming to Kerry, but I think Edwards would have brought out plenty more votes. So we're essentially looking at unopposed races at the head of each ballot.

So let's look a little deeper. Concerning U. S. Congressional races, the Dems actually had more candidates running unopposed than Republicans. I find this interesting on two levels. First, with fewer contested races, logic would dictate that Dem turnout would be lower, but it wasn't. Second, with a fresh redistricting victory under their belts, one would think that the prospect of regaining a majority of Texas delegates would spark a higher Republican turnout, but it didn't.

Does this foretell a huge Democratic swell that will deliver Texas to Kerry come November? Get real. But it might, just might, give Tom DeLay's TRMPAC a little less on their return than they had hoped.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Do you want to get into the Lenten spirit, but just can't bring yourself to go watch Jesus get flagellated for two hours? Then head over to Emmanuel Episcopal Churchon Wednesdays for Lenten Soup. It costs $5.00. The proceeds go to Emmanuel's Outreach Program. Call 653-4226 to place your order.
Ok, so this is obviously my first post. I've been wanting to do something like this for a while now. We'll see how well I can keep on top of the local stuff. My goal for this spot is a mix of (Democratic) political commentary, and a social and cultural calendar. Though I imagine if this thing progresses, it'll likely develop on it's own accord. I'd also like to get some guests to regularly post here as well. Though I imagine first I need to get some readers. We'll see how well that goes.

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