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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Uncle Paul

My Uncle Paul used to be somebody. He was a successful businessman and community leader of Houston, Texas. Eventually he retired, and spent his days alone in the kitchen, playing his version of solitaire with a deck of Dallas Cowboy's Cheerleaders playing cards.. He woke up every morning, and put on his business suit as if he was going to go to work again, but Uncle Paul could no longer do his job, for he suffered from senile dementia. It was a good thing Uncle Paul retired when he did. The kitchen was often ripe, as he wore the same old, green suit for days on end. His hands trembling as he shuffled the cards with that toothless smile of his. A smile of pleasure that only fondling America's sweethearts could bring. He was a throwback to a time long forgotten. When white men were men and everybody else didn't really matter. Many in my family saw uncle Paul as somebody special, but I just saw an old man who soiled his pants and had to be looked after by others, for he could not form a rational decision on his own. Who really knows what he had to do to get to where he was?  What types of boys clubs and secret societies he was a member of. I've never in my life met anyone like uncle Paul until this election year, then low and behold:


Ron Paul won't seek reelection in 2012

It's him.
I mean to a T.
I'm not sure how sincere my uncle Paul's ties were to that 'old time' in the American south, but I'm damn sure about this man's, and his intentions if elected...
Go on Paul. It's past time for you to hang it up.

Go sit in your kitchen, shuffle your cards and smile.

UPDATE: Ron Paul is the guy they unmask at the end of every "Scooby-Doo" episode.
"and I would have got away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids."

Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance thinks that watching football this past weekend -- in particular the Houston Texans' victory over the Cincinnati Bengals -- was a much better use of your time than watching the 388th and 389th Repubican presidential debates. Here's this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff discusses the state's appeal of the injunction granted against the horrible sonogram law.

WCNews at Eye On Williamson posts on the fact that our politics can't be fixed until the money is taken out of our political process: It's the money.

The case against the Texas Republicans' redistricting argument (beginning before the SCOTUS on January 9) rests almost entirely on two generations of legal precedent. And with a Court that has indicated an interest in eviscerating the Voting Rights Act, precedent doesn't mean diddly, either. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs elaborates.

BossKitty at TruthHugger has had enough of the religious bullying by the 2012 Republican presidential candidates, specifically Rick Santorum. Why do we need a Jesus candidate?

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains why Romney's "job creator" lies are, well ... lies. Check it out: Mitt Romney: A Job Killer, Not Creator.

From Bay Area Houston: The Texas Ethics Commission, Jerry Eversole, and the GOP. Texas sized embarrassments.

BlueBloggin sees the consequences of not paying attention when corporate-funded American politicians make it easy to break environmental rules, ruin natural resources and not be held accountable to the human victims.

Neil at Texas Liberal noted a certificate he received in the mail from the Department of Veterans Affairs that noted his recently deceased father's military service. Neil's dad, a Korean War combat veteran, would have been glad that the certificate was signed by Barack Obama and not by a draft-dodging liar like George W. Bush.

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