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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Weekly "Ah, Fall" Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance reminds you that the deadline to register for the election is October 9 as it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff has a Q&A with Democratic SCOTX candidate Michelle Petty, who is running against one of the Court's least ethical members.  

BossKitty at TruthHugger wants all Texans to have all the Texas Voting Information they need, so this will stay at the top of the blog's homepage until November 6. Meanwhile, she is disgusted that our Cowardly Congress Kicks The Can Again, and is overjoyed to see more corporate manipulators exposed, in Do You Hear Me Now?

Three Wise Men forecasts the 2012 presidential and Senate elections.

With Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein scheduled to be in Houston and San Antonio from October 4-7, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs found it necessary to once again slay the persistent urban legend that Ralph Nader was responsible for Al Gore's defeat in the 2000 election.

We're facing another legislative session that will be harmful to the majority of Texans unless we act now. That's why WCNews at Eye on Williamson is pointing this out now: Here we go again.

Over at TexasKaos, Libby Shaw explains why the GOP is obsessed about voter fraud. Hint: the best way to get away with something is to accuse your opponents of it.

Neil as Texas Liberal noted that you have the right to take pictures of bridges and infrastructure and anything in plain view so long as you are not tresspassing. Neil said that business and government are teaming up to deny the basic freedom to observe and make note of the things that are around us in a so-called open society.  

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme observes that Greg Abbott, likely gubernatorial candidate, goes all Christian Taliban by promoting bible verses in school.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Mittoons

"Mitt Romney says he's never paid less than 13% in taxes, which I think is fair because only 13% of his money is in this country." –Jay Leno

"Paul Ryan just released his tax returns for the last two years, and it turns out he and his wife had a combined income of over $323,000 last year. To which Mitt Romney said, 'See, I do reach out to poor people." –Jay Leno

Georgia Rep. John Lewis: 'Your Vote Is Precious, Almost Sacred'

This week in an interview to promote her new book, Ann Coulter tried to explain to Whoopi Goldberg what it was like to be "Black" in America. She explained how Liberals are "keeping the blacks down" and conservatives like herself were trying to "reach out" to the black community, but apparently the "blacks refused to listen," or refused to take part in her warm, fuzzy, Republican generosity. She goes on to explain that the O.J. Simpson acquittal was a "good thing for America..." Needless to say, the interview did not go well. I suggest you watch it and give me your interpretation. I was hoping Whoopi would open up a can of whoop ass. What bothered me most was I couldn't believe white people still speak to black people this way on national television, in front of millions of viewers. And by the way, her new book is titled, "Mugged."

After watching this, I was reminded of the voter suppression that's already underway in this election. It's impact will surely be felt, and very few voters understand what it means. They are led to believe it's purpose is to curb "liberal voter fraud" -which has been proven to not even exist- but this is the guise they use to make the voter ID laws and pass them. Almost every Red State has passed voter laws that should ensure that those states remain red. Think about that a second...

During the 2011 legislative sessions, states across the country passed measures to make it harder for Americans – particularly African-Americans, the elderly, students and people with disabilities – to exercise their fundamental right to cast a ballot. Over thirty states considered laws that would require voters to present government-issued photo ID in order to vote. Studies suggest that up to 11 percent of American citizens lack such ID, and would be required to navigate the administrative burdens to obtain it or forgo the right to vote entirely.

Then I remembered a speech I heard while watching this years Democratic Convention. A speech by Rep. John Lewis, of Georgia. Just 50 years ago, this man was experiencing the worst part of our country's racist history and now he's determined to never go back to those days. Never!
He shares a brief story of heartache, abuse and forgiveness for those who scorned him in this must see clip.

For those of you not registered to vote, YOU HAVE LESS THAN 10 DAYS!!!
40 til election day.
Don't be fooled by waiting til election day, and then slip out early, and lie about it because you cant take the time to wait in the long lines, or whatever your bullshit excuse. Trust me, if you wait til election day to vote, that'll be the day your shit hits the fan, BIG TIME, and voting will be the last priority on your list.


I tell u what: This clip is one of the main reasons why this election is so important to you and me.
Listen to this man, his message is clear.

"Your vote is precious, almost sacred. It's the most powerful, non-violent tool we have to create a more perfect union." --John Lewis, Rep. from Georgia