Thursday, May 21, 2009
Better late .....
Boss Kitty has the best of the Texas progressive blogs last week.
Gary Permalink on 5/21/2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Time moves on
I realize I am posting very seldom here now.
Well, I have more of a life including a girlfriend and things eat up time.
I haven't mentioned here the results of the Pasadena and La Porte elections.
Pat Van Houte is in a runoff after she missed getting a majority by 4 votes.
I made some signs for her campaign - and screwed up. Texas now has very explicit laws on small print that has to go on signs now. Weren't very many signs so they could be corrected.
Mayor Isbell and Councilman Harrison won as I expected. In a surprise to me Ralph Riggs is in a runoff.
More locally, my La Porte councilman won a very close election which had over 20 times the turnout of the previous uncontested race.
I don't know what happened up around Nacogdoches which I have been frequently traveling to.
After the election my favorite new Pasadena political blog, Politics in Purple, just pulled up stakes and deleted the archives even from the Internet Wayback machine. Google cache might have some pages for a little while.
I seem to be posting links more often at Facebook, but even that is tempered by my knowing many of my Facebook friends aren't there for politics even if others are. I am also somewhat active on Digg.com on voting for stories neglected in the mainstream.
I am not formally ending this but this blog will probably slowly wind down until after a year you might notice it is dead. Unless something unexpected happens - which always happens in life. Don't know if I will ever finish and posts some long entries that are mostly done.
One of the things that motivated this blog was the willing acceptance of the past administration's lies by the media and most of the people I knew. The media is only slightly improved but nearly everyone now recognizes the lies even if they are unclear about what to do about them. Washington is the center of the cluelessness.
There is no longer the urgent sense that the story must be told and a record must be kept on my part.
Check back occasionally to see if this blog has died. It could hang on for quite a while has the writing mood or my sense of outrage overtakes me again. To think I started this because my old Outlook Express couldn't take all the notes and links I was putting into it.
"Why I am doing this.
Gary Permalink on 5/17/2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Local Texas Elections
Candidates are at the polls for election day and swarming over the people who didn't early vote.
CITY OF LA PORTE, LA PORTE ISD, AND SAN JACINTO COLLEGE JOINT GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION
May 9, 2009
Election Day Polling Locations
Voting/Polling Location #1 - Located at Baker Sixth Grade Campus
600 W. Main (West Main/Spencer Hwy @Underwood) enter off West Main/Spencer Hwy
District 1,2,3, & 6 vote at this location
Voting/Polling Location #2 - Located at La Porte City Hall Council Chambers
604 Fairmont Parkway
District 4 & 5 vote at this location
Voting/Polling Location #3 - Located at College Park Elementary (Library)
4315 Luella, Deer Park, TX.
District 7 vote at this location (LPISD only)
Look for information on your City Water/Sewer Bill indicating which Council District you reside in.
Visit city website for voting information at www.laportetx.gov
Contact the City Secretary’s Office at 281-471-5020 for further information or clarification on where to vote if required.
CITY OF PASADENA POLLING LOCATIONS
District “A” DeZavala Fifth Grade Center 101 E. Jackson
Pasadena, TX 77506
District “B” Queens Intermediate School 1112 Queens Road
Pasadena, TX 77502
District “C” Pal Gym 2910 Southmore
Pasadena, TX 77503
District “D” Red Bluff Elementary School 416 Bearle Street
Pasadena, TX 77506
District “E” Mae Smythe Elementary School 2202 Pasadena Blvd.
Pasadena, TX 77502
District “F” Golden Acres Elementary School 5232 Sycamore
Pasadena, TX 77503
District “G” Miller Intermediate School 1002 Fairmont Parkway
Pasadena, TX 77504
Fire Station No. 6 1200 Kirby Road
(Mailing: Seabrook, TX 77586)
District “H” (North)
Fire Station No. 8 4100 Space Center Blvd.
Pasadena, TX 77505
District “H” (Bay Area)
Fire Station No. 10 17200 Middlebrook Drive
(Mailing: Houston, TX 77059
City of Deer Park General Election May 9, 2009
May 9th, 2009 at 7:00 AM until 7:25 PM
610 E San Augustine
Deer Park , TX 77536
San Jacinto College District Election
More polling location by precinct info here. To determine your precinct number you can look it up here if you don't have your card.
Residents within the San Jacinto Community College District will vote on Election Day within their local school district boundaries. Pasadena ISD, Galena Park ISD, Sheldon ISD, Channelview ISD, Deer Park ISD, La Porte ISD, and portions of Clear Creek, Pearland and Humble ISDs are the school districts served by San Jacinto College. On election day you must vote at an assigned location by precinct within the school district - you should have voted early.
• Pasadena Memorial High School, 4410 Crenshaw
• Dobie High School, 10220 Blackhawk
• Pasadena High School, 206 South Shaver
• Sam Rayburn High School, 2121 Cherrybrook Ln.
• South Houston High School, 3820 South Shaver
• South Houston City Hall, 1018 Dallas St.
• DPISD Administration Bldg., 203 Ivy
• La Porte City Hall, 604 West Fairmont Pkwy.
• Shoreacres City Hall, 601 Shoreacres Blvd.
• Morgan’s Point City Hall, 1415 E. Main St.
• GPISD Administration Bldg., 14705 Woodforest Blvd.
• Galena Park Middle School, 400 Keene
• Sheldon ISD Administration Bldg., 11411 CE King Pkwy.
• Channelview Tax Office, 828 Sheldon Rd.
• San Jacinto College North campus, 5800 Uvalde Road
• San Jacinto College South campus, 13735 Beamer Road (Longnecker Administration Building)
John Moon, Jr., and Corey McKay are the candidates for Position 5.
Gary Permalink on 5/09/2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Texas News from the Texas Progressive Alliance of Bloggers
It's Monday -- time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly blog roundup.
How would Republicans handle a pandemic? CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme knows. They'd hunker down. Get out their guns and shoot anybody with a runny nose.
After a record 3 weeks without a post in his six years of blogging, Easter Lemming has a very brief round-up of the Pasadena elections.
Off the Kuff writes about the resolution to impeach Judge Sharon Keller as submitted by Rep. Lon Burnam, which received a committee hearing last week.
Vince at Capitol Annex tells the sad story of how a fundamentalist "historian" and evangelist who believes that hurricanes are God's punishment on society for tolerating gay citizens will guide the writing of Texas' new social studies standards. If you thought Darwin versus Don McLeroy was a train wreck, wait until it is the treatment of American Indians, what labor unions have done for America, Islam, women's suffrage, 9/11, the free enterprise system, and the civil rights movement versus David Barton. First one who catches one of the new "experts" complaining about too much information about minorities in textbooks wins a prize!
WCNews at Eye On Williamson posted this week on the latest transportation funding scheme the lege came up with, a "transportation bank", Texas Transportation Revolving Fund?.
I, Neil at Texas Liberal, wrote a helluva post about the inability of the Republican Party to return to it's pre-1929 Stock Crash numbers in the U.S. Senate. I also wrote about the albino buffalo in Kenya. Texas Liberal passed 600,000 total page views this week and is averaging 1570 a day for 2009. Thanks blog reading public!
Why on earth is the Texas Senate, working with TXDOT, trying to turn the public pensions trusts into another AIG? McBlogger would really like an answer.
Arlen Specter's political deathbed conversion didn't strike PDiddie at Brains and Eggs as something wonderful. And Burka's conflating Kay Bailey into the conversation was greeted with even more derision.
BossKitty at TruthHugger wonders about those poor souls on death row who depend on the passion of protesters and technology for hope. Whether they know they are guilty or innocent, at least they know they'll get the needle, instead of the chair or the noose. Those death row inmates now have the best chance ever, with revelations about bias and legal system misconduct are front and center, death penalty question marks are getting bolder. Take a look at Killer Texas Laws and Lawmakers Continue To Amaze with many historic reference links to click.
Over at TexasKaos, Boadicea says no to Fake Reform. See what she has to say in her posting:
"Transparency"-I Don't Think That Word Means What You Think It Means...
After much talk about secession, Perry has found yet another reason to keep the government around. The Texas Blue notes that the guy who wanted American troops to defend the border and asked for money -- and then more money -- to help the Hurricane Ike cleanup shortly before talking about leaving the Union now wants the Centers for Disease Control to give us 37,000 doses of Tamiflu to help with the swine flu virus.
WhosPlayin is neck-deep in the local mayor's race, and examined candidate Winston Edmondson's wacky ideas to increase police morale by giving them more patches, and finding corporate sponsors.
Gary Permalink on 5/04/2009