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Texas church gunman kills two gunmen before being killed by next gunman

A gunman goes into a church --have you heard this one? Essentially the latest headline goes: Texas church gunman kills two armed churchgoers before being killed by yet another. That's a lot of Texas church gunmen. Apparently when the shooting stopped even more worshipers pulled out their guns. Let’s see, the lesson about needing a gun to defend oneself doesn’t add up so well in this example. In Texas totting a gun to church means you have a one in three chance of surviving an attack by a fellow gun believer. Sunday's two victims were armed after all and it didn't save them. And if we think about this charitably, as we ought to because the first gunman, the troubled one, was a churchgoer himself, having a gun didn't save him either, the actual odds become one survivor out of every four church gunmen. God rest everybody's piece. So the lesson here is, don't go to church! And especially not if you are packing. If a fellow troubled soul doesn't shoot you, security will.

Best Presidental Quote EVER

Better than Nixon saying (as Vice President) "you won't have Dick Nixon around anymore" Of course he lied. Later he said "I am not a crook!" Again, he perjured. Trump was very succinct. To the point. "I'm fucked" ... actually, he's sodomized with a shovel, sideways so it would hurt more.

Deadliest motorcycle “gang” in Waco shoot-out was not Bandidos, Cossacks, Scimitars, or Vaqueros. It was police.

Was the Waco Shoot-out a gunfight between rival gangs or an ambush laid by law enforcement? Police are monopolizing the testimony but the evidence suggests a barroom brawl became a pretext to kill or arrest club officers, essentially grassroots organizers, now charged with "organized crime". Investigators can litter the crime scene with brass-knuckles, knives and wallet chains, but the shell casings are going to be police issue. Motorcycle headlights were on, indicating club members were trying to leave. Police claim that the brawlers redirected their fire toward officers, but did that happen while the bikers were trying to ride off? Because riding requires both hands. This gangland "shoot-out" was a St Valentine's Day Massacre executed by cops.   [5/20 Update: HA! The nine casualties died of gunshot wounds, sustained outside the restaurant. No shell casings were found around the bodies. Eight of the nine were Cossacks. The eighteen wounded are not expected to be charged. So much for the narrative that gangs were fighting each other, or that Bandidos were the aggressors.] It's described as being a gang shoot-out, but what happened in Waco is still shrouded in the fog of the official POV. Did motorcycle club members shoot at each other? They're unavailable for interviews, locked up on million dollar bonds. The Twin Peaks restaurant claims the shooting started outside. The only witnesses reaching reporters are the sergeant giving the press briefing and undercover cops purporting to describe the tensions between the "gangs". By my reading, informant provocateurs incited trouble by "rocking" patches which claimed the territory of "Texas" for the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. Something like three dozen undercover officers were monitoring the usually uneventful bi-monthly meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents, in anticipation that the "Texas" patch would offend the Bandidos MC. They were able to respond within 45 seconds of the alleged altercation. What might have been an unremarkable barroom brawl, if even that was not contrived, turned into an ambush that killed nine and wounded eighteen. Zero officers were hit and I will bet every bullet was theirs. Let's say the melee happened as the police and media describe. Why the blackout on the club affiliations? Why are the 170 arrestees being detained on a million dollar bond each? Why aren't reporters challenging the police narrative? Witnesses assert that at least four of the dead were killed by police. How long before we learn how many undercover officers had fired their guns? The media is making much of the anticipation that fellow gang members are converging on Texas to avenge their comrades. I think the police know that it's themselves who are the targets of the bikers' vengeance. No doubt one can say the bikers were not boy scouts, but have you seen the photos? These "gangs" wore their colors, in this case patches, like boy scout badges. And everyone in uniform creased jeans and leather vests as tidy as bowling shirts. Did you see the mugshots? If you look past the long hair and tattoos you'll note

Good riddance, Rick Perry

Just one week after defending the actions of US soldiers who were pissing on corpses of Afghans and laughing about it and filming it, Rick Perry has had to withdraw from the race to get the Republican nomination for President. Perry defends Marines accused of urinating on corpses Good riddance, Rick. It would be nice if the state of Texas would get rid of you, too.

The headline reads “Perry linked to KKK – Shocking secrets!”

But it was on the National Enquirer. Granted, they have far more journalistic integrity and standards than FOX but, still, they have the reputation now as a gossip paper obsessed with which celebrities have the best dressed children and such. And their past reputation hasn't quite worn off either, the "I saw Elvis in a UFO" type of paper. I don't know if he's directly a member of The Klan, what would surprise me on that count is that he would have the necessary taste for personal violence they require. Where he has the status and reputation of being a ChickenHawk like Bush. That the Republican party is the "drug of choice" for Klan members is hardly a secret. The ones who left the Democratic Party en masse first when Truman signed the order de-segregating the Army and those who were still not convinced that overt racism was becoming Tabu in the DP. Until Johnson signed Civil Rights acts. Their official motto is "I didn't leave the Democrats, the Democratic Party left ME!" Strangely, the Republican Party, which mumbled a harsh tsk-tsk'ing to the Klan on some occasions, welcomed into their party a huge group of former Dixiecrats whose reason for leaving was that Blacks were recognized as actual people with actual rights. A very embittered and ignorant crowd. One of the biggest and best funded groups of those racist pricks is The Heritage Foundation. One of our favorite Tar Baby Doug Lamborn's extracurricular activities is writing as a guest blogger for The Foundry, a Heritage Foundation weblog. It's no secret and never was. Likewise with Perry, ...and likewise the Heritage Foundation having a huge web of links to the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups. Needless to say they also vote a straight R ticket. They still refer to boxer Muhammad Ali as "Cassius Clay". Their official motto starts off with "I didn't leave" but their unofficial motto starts, ends and is filled through the middle with some truly racist profanity. They're not very fond of educated white folks either.

Reapportionment: the Texas Miracle comes to Denver

So aside from moving polling places without advance notice, threatening college Kids with their parents being arrested if the vote, telling voters they need to re-register to be eligible to vote in a mail-in 2 days before the registration deadline and 2 day AFTER the ballots were mailed... and that's just local... The Thief Party has, in an Orwellian joke about "increasing" minority representation, given more voting clout to the Ignorant Redneck Racists, who I sadly have to admit are my fellow Texas immigrants. (mostly) One such move counted the population of the Arapaho Co. Jail, mostly non-white, to claim an otherwise Klan enclave (like, a lot of Sheriff's deputies and other pigs) as a "minority" district! And of course it's wrong to assume that a majority of the jail populace are from a minority of the population reflects any kind of Racial Bias on the part of the Police and Judiciary. The mostly White cops, prosecutors and Judges say they're not racists. Even elected Republican voices are protesting this blatant power grab. Comment: I wonders, yes I does, if the Oslo shooter would have let the Right-Wing Lunatic Core delusion of his suicide homicide mission go unchallenged, had it been continued for days as he planned. I mean, he already blamed his own actions on two religions he does not practice, Islam and Christianity. And assumed, right in line with what Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, Palin and O'Reilly preach; that the "Liberals" would react with fear and tears, and he would have a much longer Killing spree. And , Sure enough, the first reports spilling out, they GLEEFULLY, smiles on their smug stupid snouts, were proclaiming an Al Qaeda OUTRAGE! Along with a failure of Liberalism to stand up against Islam or to mount harsh anti-freedom measures profiling immigrants.

English, language of self-enslavement

One of the best outcomes of having grown up in a Hispanic dominated culture, El Paso, Texas, having Hispanic and Mexican (from Mexico) friends and family, and speaking the language... is that I can spot and counter all the pure BULLSHIT that racist organizations like the "TeaBags" and their sponsors like Dumfox Noose tell their poorly educated followers. One is that Hispanic people are mostly "illegal" immigrants, despite the fact that first Texas, then the U.S., picked two wars with Mexico, in a shameless land grab, using propaganda that makes the WMD story look like a Shining Example of Gospel Truth. Makes the "incubator babies" (from Gulf Wars I) crap smell like fresh-picked roses. Thus obtaining more than a third of Mexico the same way German acquired Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, France, Belgium, etc.... "Might Makes Right" Or that neither recent immigrants nor families whose presence predate the Conquistadores by 10,000 years even attempt to learn the language forced onto us by the Arrogant Anglo wanna-be Emperors. Ama yetli desda ya da ni-luk Ka, nokwo, hu-hwan a hist Tsa-lagi!! Or that speaking our own languages even in our own homes, somehow weakens the "god-given" dominance of the Anglo "race". Saying your race is "English" is admitting that your people were conquered at an average rate of once everyyears by every other European tribe since the first time a literate culture, the Romans, did it to you and started the documentation of your subsequent really humiliating beat-downs. Now, the ones the Anglos "conquered" and the ones they brought here in chains, outnumber the Anglos. How strong is Your "Manifest Destiny" NOW? P.S. The Empire which can be Subverted by the use of other Languages? You "English First" Hate-Freaks!! HaHa.

Shit I learned in school

...because, really, I DO believe there's a deliberate sabotage of Public Education being done simply by handing a "liberal" program over to be administered by "conservatives". In 7th grade in Texas you're taught Texas History. Some of it would be almost unrecognizable from a Yankee point of view. For instance, we were taught that the Civil War wasn't about slavery, it was about State's Rights. State's Rights to spend civic money and exercise military and police powers to enforce slavery. We were also told, and I have reason to believe that it's gotten worse, we were told that the Slaves were well treated, given decent food and housing, and Medical Care. Happy Days on de ol' Plantation wif all de Darkies singin' and happy and de Massa jes' lubbin all of dem! O, de sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home it's summer and the darkies are gay... You smile and laugh and sing because the Massah would beat you and maybe have you killed if you indicated any dissatisfaction with the arrangement. It's that simple. The Slaves were all Happy and Content and Well Treated... so why do the Corporate Slaveholders of the Modern Plantation, the ones who advance this bald-face lie about how good slaves had it, refuse to provide health care and good nutrition and housing for their Debt-slaves? Is it only profitable to provide a decent standard of living if you outright OWN the workers? They don't make too much comment about how these Happy, Contented Slaves all smilin' and singin' and the Good Massah lubbin' every one of dem... why they would be forbidden to take any outside employment in their spare time, to perhaps earn enough money to buy their freedom? The Prison System uses a similar tactic to keep its slaves from escaping, if you're caught with money you're punished. Likewise the Slaves were forbidden Education, even so much as to teach a slave to read was punishable by death. And to BE that slave? Thus are the scions of the Debt Slaves treated now, public education being snatched away from our kids and allocated only to the children of the Merchant master class. And health care and nutrition... look to the TeaTards with their anger and hatred toward people who actually receive health care, which the TeaTard Hate Freak leaders say only the Wealthy deserve. Of course they will LIE and say they're only looking out for States Rights.... Corporate State rights to hold people in slavery. And threatening a new Civil War in which they'll kill a lot of Americans to keep things that way. Them Corporate Slaveowners sho' does love them the idea of Killing Americans. Why I believe the Texas History Textbooks are being slanted more to the right... Rick "GoodHair" Perry, fascist dictator of Texas, said the older textbooks were too Liberal WTF? And in Texas the Governor determines the curriculum for the schools in the entire state. So look for even MORE brainwashed morons who will grow up thinking that keeping human beings in bondage and Killing PEOPLE

BP Says “top-kill” worked, but drilling wells right next to it

Supposedly to ease the pressure. How about THIS supposition instead. BP trashed the ocean very thoroughly, the bottom-up killoff of marine life is in progress, the species that are being more than merely decimated provide the food for every other life form. There's an investigation supposedly happening in the area of the well collapse. An investigation BP has stalled for months by "fumbling" around "trying" to stop the oil. Knowing full well that in doing so they were stomping all around the Crime Scene. Which is what it IS. Even cutting out the obvious crime of destroying what looks like the damn how to put this? OK so I'll put it where a Far Right Profit-is-God Money Worshiper like Rush Limbaugh can understand. Economic crime in the theft of Trillions. Put a dollar value on what's going to happen to just the Seafood Industry. The fisheries are trashed and going to get worse. Rush was on the air just before the non-enforcement of existing regulations and cutting even those down to where they wouldn't make a difference... WHINING that regulations to protect some of the species that form the web of life in the sea would limit "Sport Fishing". And screaming like the bitch that he is about how "all those poor Fishing Boat outiftters and Fishing Tour providers were going to be losing money". Where's the concern for them NOW, on the far right? And that's just one small facet of fisheries management. The corals, not pretty rocks on the bottom but the living coral, the organisms that build the reefs. Endangered by a shrimping practice that was destroying the reefs, killing the living coral, and in a chain reaction, was killing off the shrimp. Not So? Read on... One of the processes was to promote the growth of organisms that the coral normally feed on. Some of which are to shrimp what anthrax is to humans. And of course the whole food web. Maybe food web is too complex for a Right Wing so-called "mind" to fathom.<<nautical joke. So we go with their more familiar linear Food Chain. Which goes straight up, never sideways and of course, never down. The part of the "bottom" supposedly magically regenerates itself, and placing one species on the "top" is kind of chauvinistic. Which affected every other aspect of the food linear "chain" including the Sport Fishermen that Rush boo-hooed about so much. Oh, that's right, it's Glenn Beck who does the fake crying. The process is just beginning, the vast majority of the oil is still in the water, combined with chemical dispersants... which are Toxic. Hidden away where most people won't see it. Trillions of dollars later they'll see it. And of course, in the Right wing so-called "mind" nothing that happens in the sea could ever possibly have any effect on the Food Chain web of life on land. According to their screed, events on LAND don't affect life on land. Just ask the bees, bats and frogs before they all

Panama Banana say that three times real fast…

But there was a strike against the Government run Banana Industry which unlike the traditional "Banana Republic" isn't a government owned by the Banana Industry. Close enough though, they're bought and Paid (on long credit terms) for by American Fat-Cats who believed and their descendants still do that their money and American (not Rich) soldiers providing the Assassinations necessary to maintain that money entitles them to own the whole world. Especially those nations physically closest to our Arbitrarily assigned borders. By the way, Corporate Warfare and Corporate Welfare are two of the key components of Fascism. The government forces attempted to take the Union leaders prisoner, and killed two union members and wounded 120 others (by Government count) three of whom are in hospitals in comas. And under arrest. Probably for violently attacking a Police Billy Club or Gun Muzzle with their foreheads. Repeatedly throwing their heads under the stomping Jack-boots of the Police even after being handcuffed. The workers, Indigenous people mostly, (that's code for "held in perpetual povertyslavery on the basis of Race" by the way) responded by taking 4 of the cops prisoner. Only the Right Wing code for that is "hostages". One of the causes of the strike was the Puppet Government of Panama (guess which American Corporate Government holds the puppet strings) trying, of course not on American orders, that would be silly to contemplate... passed laws forbidding Union Activity especially strikes. The government "graciously" suspended enforcement of the law, temporarily until they can find some way to get enough American gunboats and Marines into the country to put the Union down for good errr... I mean, find some way to Legally enforce it. Panama wasn't the Original "Banana Republic", although it follows the model, have U.S. Corporations, backed by the Military, which they've exempted themselves from paying the bills thereof, incite a "revolution" in the country which doesn't have strong laws to force the people to surrender their lands, resources, freedoms and especially their labor to the corporate Overlords. The "revolutionaries" run into resistance from the non-cooperative government, then call for the United States government to send soldiers to come and rescue them. It's how the Republic of Texas was formed. How the U.S. took over Hawaii. Puerto Rico. Panama. Iraq.... How we got a third of the land area of the Republic of Mexico after our Former Puppet General Antonio Jose y Maria Lopez de Santa Ana didn't provide quite the level of cooperation they had expected. Why Panama was re-taken from the Former Puppet Dictator Manuel Noriega refused to cooperate with the Reagan-Bu'ush Regime, in yet another arranged Coup. Panama was taken from the Republic of Colombia in the exact same manner because Colombia was leaning toward allowing a French firm to build the Canal (which was going to be built regardless) Noriega helped finance the Banana Republic attempted coup in Nicaragua allegedly by being a go-between for Oliver North and the Medellin cocaine growing and marketing industry. The part about the North connection is "erased"

Latest BP offer: Fire the employees who wear protective gear while cleaning up their toxins

Because it looks bad on television reports if people around the world see that their Toxic Waste is actually Toxic Waste. There's more to it than just threatening their (Temporary) Workers, those who are being forced to choose between risking their lives for the Good Image of BP and starving, losing their homes, money and eventually their freedom. There are unenforceable laws on the books in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida that make it illegal to be unemployed and in debt, and they're punishable by confinement at Hard Labor. Meaning, they'll be GIVEN, with no charge to the company, as Slaves, administered by BP affiliate corporations like WackenHut and Corrections Corporation of America. Private prisons built partly with Inmate Slave Labor by another Affiliate Corporation, Halliburton KBR. Seems the TeaBags and other Corporate Suck Groups back Governors Jindal, Crist, and Rick GoodHair (and probably the Alabama and Mississippi governors) to be able to annul and over-ride Supreme Court Decisions, like the ones which made the Vagrancy Laws and Debt-as-a-crime laws unenforceable. They're already using Texas and the other states' Prisoners, unpaid Inmate Slave Labor, pressed into working on the oil spill. And using Public Funded Police and courts as Private Enforcement of their "right" to censor reporting on the Real Story. The Horror Show story, not the commercials for Sea World showing happy, sparkling clean Healthy Pelicans and other marine animals being released onto a sparkling, pristine beach. Meanwhile, Lake Pontchartrain, staple of the non-Oil industries in Acadiana... contaminated. Those of you who have traveled east on I-10 recognize that as "that huge freakin' lake with the bridge over it" The link at the top is a video that was aired on Olberman and a petition to the President to actively enforce workplace safety laws over the objections of BP. As it looks now, the Chairman of BP is Bitch SlaPping the Obama administration and the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy. That SHOULD get even the far-right lunatic fringe on board, because the last time the British bitch slapped the U.S. Navy was during the war of 1812. (by American naming standards and by U.S. military tradition) Meanwhile Queen Bess2 addressed the UN and laid a wreath at the 9-Eleven monument. Maybe she should be publicly offered a plate of Fresh Caught Gulf Seafood. I hear the Sea Turtle Flambee is excellent. She could legally dine on Endangered Species for the first time in 50 years. Peasant under Glass excluded.

Not yet a hurricane, probably won’t be, but Alex…

Tropical Depression Alex. If it stays out over the water it'll become a Tropical Storm, which for the purposes of the Oil S(l)ick is a moot reference. It might as well be a hurricane. And we're still in the "A"s. Haiti meanwhile has been pushed off the news. Well, they were pushed off long ago, by the Tiger Woods story among others.

A year later, Brisea Flores still dead, Minutemen still unpunished.

That would include the three trigger pullers, and also their accomplices, including their Fellow Travellers in the Ku Klux Klan, the American National Socialist White Person's Party, the Tea Party and the Republican Party. The listed groups have common leadership and even at the Astroturf Roots level, common members. This RACIST murder of two Americans, one of them a CHILD of 9 years, is being denied as such, by the Tea Party and their ilk... but it's THEIR racism that enables murders and other hate crimes. The Hate Speech of the Republican and Tea Party spokesPukes at Fox News. One of their highly paid liars actually ran for Vice President recently. To celebrate the anniversary of the event, albeit a week and a half late, Racist Border Patrol THUGS murdered a teenager in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, firing from the "American" side of the border. Of course the Murdering Thug PIGS will get away with it, they ALWAYS do. Too many Pigloving Sucks on juries in America. The Policeman is always right, even Pretend Police like the Cowards in the Minuteman Movement. John McCain, senator from Arizona, allegedly not a racist, (just ask him, he'll tell you) has completely failed to step up and challenge the New Klan activities. He hosted some of the Fox News Hatemongers at a campaign rally in Phoenix recently, where one of them, the one who ran for Vice President, told the Cheering Mob of Morons that they shouldn't "sit down or shut up" even while having the PIGS remove anybody who both opposed her, and didn't sit down or shut up.

Fox can now re-add climate change denial to their Daily Spews

BP of course. "Show me the oil" "Oil? What Oil?" (though the Republican governors of the Gulf states are shitting white about what's happening, their anointed mouthpieces at Fox still insist on downplaying it). But to the Nonexistent eco-disaster of the poisoning of the ocean (and a third of the waters of the world were turned to blood and all that lived within the sea died) (Did somebody ask for a religious perspective? No? Got one anyway didn't we.) We get to add the Nonexistent Climate Change that the Fox Propagandists loudly denounced especially this winter) is going to Not Produce twice as many named tropical storms and 75% more hurricanes this year than normal. In Fox-speak, this was Not Announced this morning by NOAA, who were set up and funded through such Liberal institutions as the Military and the Shipping Industry. Oh, and for a big bonus, these non-existent hurricanes won't be in the Gulf where the Other non-existent hurricanes never were either. This of course won't affect the non-existent environmental rescue operations that aren't going on all along the Gulf coast. Did somebody say "Katrina"? I don't even want to hear what Hume or Limbaugh or Palin or O'Reilly or the rest of the Professional Liars at Fox have to say. I used the word "Propaganda" although that's not entirely accurate. Propaganda is a Church (RCC) term that's Latin for planting seeds. They're not exactly planting. They're spreading the fertilizer. That's a more graphic and fitting analogy anyway. But they're good at it. Other people have to travel all the way to Egypt to swim in De Nile.

Be prepared, BP best plan not so good

Not that it comes as any kind of surprise. They hope, with the containment to cut the daily poison gusher to 15%. Which would be what, 10 times the original report? BP gets to replace the ONE well with 5 others. Excusez moi, add five more, as "bleeders" but only to ease the pressure, not in any way to have a 500% increase in the number of wells they were allowed on that one lease. They'll also get to pump 85% capacity without ANY regulation or for that matter oversight.Heavy Sigh... they'll also get to destroy evidence in the process. Who knows, in the coming months they might be able to keep bullshitting the regulators, such as they be, into letting them "stabilize" the wells with even more and more wells. Wouldn't that be a pleasant reward for their malfeasance? Matriarchal incest mongers. They get to rape Mother Earth on Mother's Day.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place, Slave Labor + Corporate Welfare = Warfare

Since all available national resources are being called in to fight what's the worst unnatural disaster and getting worse, to smite us in a long while, it pays to recognize one huge fact. The equally Corporate Welfare To The Oil Industry wars against Afghan and Iraqi people (for Corporate Profit-not "freedom") and the beneficiaries of this hastily pulled in Public Largesse, an Oil Corporation, BP, which presumably has more corporate money available than the entire U.S. Government does, is "big-assing" us on the subject of actually having to eventually repay the U.S. and State governments... Like Exxon-Valdez being blamed on the actions of one employee, who was imprisoned, and saddled further with a debt that's in the hundred billion dollar range, leaving the Creditors to twist in the wind (Exxon to fishermen: don't blame us, we ain't paying you a thing, F.O.A.D.) It pays, however little, to realize that the main reason for the lack of Federal Funding is the Corporate Welfare given to several of the Largest and Wealthiest entities in THE FRACKIN' WORLD, MON!!! including the very expensive for actual taxpaying citizens, as opposed to Tax-Dodging Corporate "citizens", Wars of Conquest which benefit exactly Whom? Why, the same Oil Companies, like BP, who are expecting the underfunded Federal Government to clean up their little oopsie. And are already filing briefs countering the expected bill coming their way. How very DARE those Peasants demand that we pay for the damage we do? They're also deploying Texas and Louisiana Inmate Unpaid Slave Laborers to fight the damage. Sweet, eh? The ultimate use of Slavery for the benefit of the Ultimate Slave Corporations. If there's any payment made to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, or the Louisiana counterparts, the Slaves ain't gonna get any of it, not an extra bean on their plates. Same as always.

Hysterical Revisionist Virginia Tea Party attempts another test of Anti-Smart Bomb Strategy, EPIC FAIL!

As we approach the Sesquicentennial (150 years) of the Civil War (massive contradiction in terms) the Commonwealth of Virginia attempted to pass off a "Confederate History Month" with no mention whatsodamnever of slavery. Even with decades of attempting to show that display of the Confederate Southern Cross battle flag (not an official confederate national flag, incidentally) is somehow not a symbol of Racism.   (These colors don't run... A God-Damn thing.) The slogan "Not Hate - Heritage!!" is on posters, tee-shirts, bumper stickers, pasted onto Bibles, whatever and wherever. Pure Chumba-Wumba. "Sure, we don't hate us no Nigras, we just feel y'all are so inferior to us that we can deprive you of liberty directly from birth, just on account of the color of your skin" Due to the institutionalized "right" for the slave "owners" to RAPE any one of the slaves they wished at any time, unless a Black American is a recent immigrant from Africa, he's got Confederate heritage too. They've been teaching, for generations, that the Confederacy wasn't about Slavery, that it was "States' Rights"... Meaning, the state has the right to spend Public Money, and use State police and court powers, to the direct benefit of Private Corporations who systematically denied Liberty to Human Beings, based on the color of their skin. And they're STILL trying to push off this Racist Lie as being real. It has a double edge to it, first the Rich Bastards who would profit from another civil war, or think they would, believe that Black and Hispanic and Indian Southerners will be STUPID enough to ignore the history, much of it very recent, of Racism openly displayed alongside the Confederate battle flag. They also believe that WHITE Southerners will be retarded enough to believe it, so, y'all rednecks, guess what? The slavery cartel think YOU are stupid too. Now, here's the fun part. The Governor of Virginia, and the Governor of Texas, both have loudly threatened to secede over the pure Arrogance of a Black man bucking THEIR system and actually being elected President. They deny it, but then, they deny that Slavery was the reason for secession and for the Confederacy and for the Civil War. To use a Jewish saying, they're pissing on our collective leg and saying that it's rain. But the Citizens of the Commonwealth, a HUGE bloc of voters, who voted in the 70 MILLION voter bloc who rejected the Racist Regime of Bush and his annointed replacement Sarah Failin' and John McInsane... forced the newly elected governor (the one who is supposedly a rejection of the Black President by the same voters) to concede on this. So, will Texas, and Virginia, and Tennessee, etc.. actually Secede? Fat Chance. The last time Texas seceded the black and hispanic and Native American Indians didn't have the vote, were forbidden by law to own firearms, and the Blacks were forbidden under pain of well, PAIN to learn to read, and the death penalty for anybody who TAUGHT slaves to read. They continued this "Not Hate" tradition

We’ll all be neo-know-sumpin’ Texans

The conservative majority of the Texas Board of Education thinks school textbooks are "skewed" too much toward education. They want social studies to smile more favorably on Neoclassical Economics, America's Christian heritage, and the legacy of today's Neocons. Does it matter if Texas children are being taught dillwad propaganda? Well, the Texas school system is such a quantity buyer, scholastic publishers tailor national texts to conform to Texas know-nothing standards. If your glass is half full, you might think the Tex-idiots have finally pushed illiteracy so far that American parents and teachers will simply laugh it off and adopt supplementary reading. On the other hand, this conservative surge compounds the devastation of No Child Left Behind. American schoolchildren are being made into absolute idiots, in the image of these 10 Republicans who voted along party lines to teach a history that challenges the separation of church and state. If your kid doesn't learn anything from the past, you have these folk to thank: Don McLeroy- TA&M, dentist, veteran, sunday-school teacher Gail Lowe- LSU, Lampasas County Conservative Club "Conservative of the Year" Terri Leo- TA&M, Republican op Barbara Cargill- Baylor, Methodist Wonders of the Woodlands Science Camp, Ken Mercer- Texas Homeland Security Council Geraldine "Tincy" Miller- SMU, TA&M, realtor David Bradley- TA&M, insurance agent, Beaumont's Citizens on Patrol Cynthia Noland Dunbar- Spirit of Freedom Republican Women's Club Bob Craig- Texas Tech, SMU Patricia Hardy- Howard Payne University

Gov Rick GoodHair issues first Texas posthumous pardon. Mighty white of him

To Tim Cole. Convicted of Rape, died in prison from an asthma attack in 1999... 13 years after being wrongfully convicted, and 4 years after a confession from the Real rapist cleared him. How very kind of Mr Perry to say "OOPS..!" I haven't looked into it but since Mr GoodHair was a prosecutor (small time thief and pig) before becoming the Big Time Thief he is today, he might have had a hand in convicting Mr Cole... and definitely had a hand in keeping him locked up in one of the Texas sweatboxes, where prisoners with Asthma are subjected to the combinations of dust, heat, and no access to their rescue inhalers. Mr GoodHair said it was a gesture for the family. Nice. A better gesture would have been to improve conditions in the prisons, improve medical care both in and out of prisons, and stop being so quick to condemn people to long sentences on shaky evidence. Mr Cole's mother said he "always believed in the Justice System, even when the justice system didn't believe in him." Wonderful place, Texas. They have people so brainwashed they'll believe in the so-called "Justice" system even after 13 years of being shit upon by the rigged system. Mr Perry is just one Evil Piggy face of that system. Now he's going to reap political gain from "righting a wrong" that will never be righted. Even as he sends man after man after man to his death on even more specious and shaky evidence. What a Pig. He's a prime example of why nobody, especially Mr Cole, should ever put any faith in the "justice" system. The system only works for the Rich and Powerful. Just like always.

There’s an observatory in Texas… Near El Paso

And you're probably wondering how Climate Change has anything at all to do with that. Fortunately, you have me, and I can tell you. The observatory is in the Davis Mountains, almost to Terlingua, year-round population of 11. In Terlingua, the only things that happen are the Annual Wick Fowler Memorial Chili Cookoff, people riding the rapids around the Big Bend of the Rio Bravo/Rio Grande, and a lot of Anti-Immigration activities. Fade out on that, but going east to west along Interstate 20 OR Interstate 10, you come to the junction of those roads at a town named Kent, Texas. There's a road that leads from Kent to Terlingua. Don't think about that. If you ride into Kent at night, you can see a light in either direction. Looking directly west you see the lights from El Paso, pretty in its own way, reflecting off the haze. Looking to the East, you see the lights from Midland and Odessa, again, reflecting off the haze. This causes what could best be described as "noise" light, which drowns out the starlight. Which used to be, wasn't there. The bright lights, that is. Because of the size of the cities of El Paso/Juarez, there's now more light, and more haze. The haze isn't water vapor in the upper atmosphere. No, it's carbon particulates, aka "smog". If you ride into Kent in daylight, you still have to cross one mountain range to get to where you can see the Franklin Mountains which split El Paso down the middle. And the thick shroud of that haze. Shroud is an excellent way to describe it, as late as the 1970s doctors in other parts of the country confidently recommended El Paso as a place for asthmatics and other chronic lung disease sufferers because of the clean air. The lack of humidity being key. No longer. Now it's the Smog that's killing people there. And drowning out the light of the stars at night. Going east, from Kent, you soon get to the Permian Basin. THE oil-richest land in Texas. It's at the bottom of the basin, at Midland-Odessa and a name more people in the world now recognize, Crawford, Texas, that the drilling rigs are located. As you cross the basin, which used to be a freshwater shallow inland sea about 60 million years ago, you're passing over the drinking water for 4 states in two nations. In a "boson" a very large aquifer. That's now polluted by among other things Oilfield waste. But that's not the whole story. The whole story is as vast as Texas. Bigger, even. If you cross the Permian Basin in winter, you get the full taste, literally, of the Carbon Problem. The problem the Oil Industry denies is actually a problem. You'll be breathing all those pollutants from the oil wells. Now, the Oil Companies are trying very desperately to call it a Lie when research and observation shows that they've caused actual climate change with their wasteful exploitation of carbon fuels.

Tea Party Express bypasses Colorado

COLORADO lost some of its square state stature today when the national teabaggers tour bus took a turn in Albuquerque and went south. The Tea Party Express is headed to DC to protest health care reform, but its two week schedule is going to exclude Rocky Mountain crackers. Coloradans feel the mouth-breathers down our necks everyday, but this marks an evolutionary shift, as ideological cul-de-sac becomes dead end.

You know you’re in Texas when

--when the bas relief of the Dumas TX motel waffle iron is oddly asymmetric. You study the strange edges in the dim light of the breakfast area with a growing suspicion, but flipping the heated iron over, following the instructions, you see someone's presumed you wanted a waffle the image of Texas.

GOP campaign worker says she was branded by black male Obama supporter

Should we be surprised that a McCain campaign worker would carve a "B" in her cheek and claim twas an Obama supporter who did it? (But no surprise she didn't think to reverse the mirror image.) Fortunately Pittsburgh police have skepticism for white women who claim they've been attacked by 6ft 4in black males. Although both John McCain and Sarah Palin called to express their concern. This sort of thing used to lead to lynching. Is that what the GOP will incite next? Ashley Todd's wild story of a black male assailant carving a "B" into her cheek as punishment for having a McCain sticker on her car was eventually debunked by Pittsburgh police. Not before the story was used to anger Republican voters. Although charges are now being pressed against Todd for filing a false police report, the press is having difficulties locating Ms. Todd or her family, and her GOP campaign supervisors are offering no help.

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