Thursday, December 25, 2008

Support Graphic Free Speech

One of my causes is the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This art expresses my opinion well.

Here are the people I would protect from the overzealous defenders - Christmas in South Korea with my nieces. What a cute fort.

Happy Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

SR 144 - A map of Democratic performance

Despite an increase over Obama's performance and over Janette Sexton's in 2006, Joel Redmond fell just short of being the state representative in state house district 144. The very heavy turnout and very Republican voting by predominately whites in the central portion of the district around Fairmont Drive was again key to the Republican victory. This area is upper middle income and heavily church going with a strong Mormon presence.

Map made with MapPoint 2006 and GIMP 2.

This is preliminary. It needs to be cleaned up some and some overlapping precincts sorted out and the data behind it shown.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

December 15 Texas Progressive Week in Review

I'll send you to Perry at Brains and Eggs this week for the TPA Round-Up.

Less Blogging

I see in Wired that blogging is out. Social network sites and twitter are in. (A contrary view.)

I am spending more time on LiveJournal, at least reading my friends pages, and Facebook, at least sending people flowers for their garden or posting videos or music.

I also submit things to either Digg or Skewz, despite the right-eyed flounder problems* of the latter. (* Started by conservatives to document the supposed liberal bias of the media, they manually promote articles to the front page and banner of the day, suspicious mass voting on a few articles, hampered by a severe lack of traffic despite a few mentions in media blogs.)

Twitter is just blogging without the work and with a 140 character limit. Or a livejournal for people who hate to write.

Things to try in the coming year.

Misc - Google on Net Neutrality and the accuracy of Wall Street Journalists.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

What can we do about the United States torturers?

Probably very little. We went through 6 years of being ruled by FEAR! and the administration was given a free hand and they used it to encourage unAmerican activities.

Robert Nagle has proposed a solution for most of the GITMO prisoners, Gitmo is not even the worst cases of the abuse. The worst cases occurred in secret prisons in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.

I do not think we will see the public apology on the White House lawn, compensation, and possible US citizenship occurring for the over 500 wrongly imprisoned and held for years non-terrorists from GITMO. Just ain't going to happen. The pragmatics in the Obama administration will feel it would use up his political capital on a gesture that would make the howling conservatives scream.

Obama Not Born In Hawaii! He admits!

Prop 8 the musical with Jack Black

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

"Oh no, the homosexuals are striking back with the most powerful tool at their disposal: The musical."

Monday, December 01, 2008

Texas Progressive Blog Round-Up, December 1, 2008

Now that the turkey has been eaten and your holiday decorations are up--or at least out of the garage--it is time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's weekly round-up.

The Texas Cloverleaf looks at the large donors from DFW who supported Prop 8. Over $335,000 went to California from 59 individuals. Time to consider the DFW Black List!

John Coby at Bay Area Houston is giving thanks to the GOP .

jobsanger looks at the $7.5 million of sales tax money that Wal-Mart gets to keep every year here in Texas, and says it is time to cap the amount of tax money a business may keep to cover the cost of collecting the tax in I Learned Something New & I Don't Like It.

CouldBeTrue at South Texas Chisme wonders how hard can it be to elect someone other than Tom Craddick Speaker of the House? Geeez!

Stace Medellin at DosCentavos reminds us why guest worker programs will fail with a story on Braceros still trying to collect monies owed themby Mexico after decades.

Toni at WhosPlayin took some time off from political work to take in a bilingual performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Fort Worth by Teatro De La Rosa, and offers her review.

North Texas Liberal wonders why Democrats are so anxious to throw former President Bill Clinton under the bus.

The Burnt Orange Report takes a look at Austin activism and the Austin Prop 8 Blacklist.

If sometimes you feel like a nut, McBlogger reports you'll be right at home on the State Board of Education.

BossKitty at TruthHugger reflects how Bush tried and failed to show the world a morally superior nation, instead, he showed the world what hypocritical horse's asses we really are, and Why America Is No Longer THE Role Model - Op Ed

Off the Kuff continues his analysis of Harris County precinct data with a look at HD133, the microcosm of the county.

Neil at Texas Liberal is a big time player who drinks expensive scotch and gambles at first class casinos.

Dembones at Eye On Williamson takes Gov. Rick Perry to task for defending Texas polluters.

PDiddie gave thanks for illegal immigrants, the inanity of Jared Woodfill, and the life and memory of Jim Mattox at Brains and Eggs.

Over at TexasKaos, Txsharon explains how Cheney Helped Halliburton Hide Secrets About Dangerous Chemicals in YOUR Drinking Water. . As she reports,
The oil and gas industry is the only industry in America that is allowed by EPA to inject KNOWN hazardous material-unchecked-directly into or adjacent to underground drinking water supplies.

EARTHWORKS-Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells

Vince at Capitol Annex notes that a state district judge has ruled that he does not have jurisdiction to rule on a case related to the House District 105 recount.

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