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A Tank of Gas For Your First Born

In Politics on May 31, 2007 at 8:13 pm

John Edwards

Yesterday I paid $54.75 to fill up my gas tank in our mini-van and the tank was only at 1/4 tank at the time. Lately, going to fill up at the local gas station has really put me in a sour mood. I keep saying that our government needs to step in and put forth some immediate regulations. We are hearing a lot of promises from the presidential candidates about interventions and investigations in gas and oil prices. This is all fine and dandy but I want to see something happening NOW.

Here is a story from the AP:

Edwards Wants Probe of High Gas Prices
Thursday May 31, 12:41 pm ET
By Rachel Konrad, Associated Press Writer


Edwards Calls for Investigation of Oil Company Mergers, High Gas Prices

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says a wave of mergers in the oil industry should be investigated by the Justice Department to see what impact they have had on soaring gasoline prices.

During a campaign stop in Silicon Valley Thursday, Edwards planned to berate the oil industry for “anticompetitive actions” and outline an energy plan he says would reduce oil imports “and get us on a path to be virtually petroleum-free within a generation.”

“Vertically integrated companies like Exxon Mobil own every step of the production process — from extraction to refining to sale at the pump, enabling them to foreclose competition,” says an outline of Edward’s energy plan.

Edwards’ call for a major shift away from oil use would include, according to the document:

— An increase of federal auto fuel economy requirements to 40 miles per gallon from the current 27.5 mpg by 2016.

— Expansion of the use of biofuels such as ethanol, including a requirement for oil companies to make available E-85 fuel (which has 85 percent ethanol) at a quarter of their stations. Edwards wants all new cars to be able to use E-85 by 2010.

— Mandatory restrictions on emissions of carbon dioxide with an aim to cut CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 80 percent by mid-century.

— Creation of a $13 billion energy fund from the sale of greenhouse gas permits and ending some tax breaks for the oil industry. The money would be used to support biofuels and conservation technologies.

Many of Edwards’ proposals — from cutting greenhouse gas emissions to investigating oil industry consolidation — have been the subject of numerous hearings in Congress this years, as has calls by Democrats to make automobiles more fuel efficient.

Rival Democratic presidential candidates, including Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, also have called for expanded use of ethanol and other measures to reduce the country’s reliance on oil.

But Edwards’ message may resonate especially in California, the nation’s most delegate-rich state, which has perennially high gasoline prices.

On Wednesday, the average regular-grade gasoline in California was $3.41 per gallon, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The national average was $3.20 per gallon, compared to $2.85 a year ago.

But Tupper Hull, spokesman for the Sacramento-based Western States Petroleum Association, said the prices reflected market rates, and an antitrust investigation would be a waste of time. He said the industry has been the subject of more than 20 state and federal investigations over the past two decades.

Now if I didn’t live in one of the largest cities in America, a tricycle or a pair of roller skates would be an option for me. Seeing that this is not the case I’m stuck at being a slave to the fuel industry.

Rick Perry and the End of Another Legislature Session

In Politics, Texas Politics on May 30, 2007 at 2:09 pm

Texas Flag and Come and Take It

Mr. GQ and his reactions about the ending legislative session…

From today’s Austin-Statesman:

80TH LEGISLATURE

Perry gives mixed reaction to session

Governor says session had ‘good, bad and the ugly.’


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Wednesday, May 30, 2007Gov. Rick Perry chided lawmakers Tuesday for a lack of “accountability and budgetary honesty” in their plans to balance the state’s books over the next two years and for not using a state surplus to further cut taxes.

On the other hand, Perry praised the Legislature, whose 2007 session ended Monday, for increased spending on state parks, college financial aid and law enforcement near the Texas-Mexico border. But he questioned how they got there.

Harry Cabluck/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Gov. Rick Perry, at left with Mike Morrissey, his director of budget planning and policy, said he would campaign this fall for voter approval of bonds to create a $3 billion cancer research fund.

“Generally speaking, it’s not the investments made in the budget that concern me,” Perry said. “It’s the charades; it’s the accounting sleights of hand; it’s the budgetary wizardry that gives me pause, especially with the state awash in revenue.”

Comptroller Susan Combs reported in January that state revenue would grow by $14 billion over the next two years. Lawmakers used much of that money to correct accounting tricks used to balance previous budgets, to increase spending on education and health and human services, and to set aside $2.5 billion to hold down property tax rates in two years.

Perry said he hoped to avoid a special legislative session but did not rule out calling one. He also said he wouldn’t blame Texans for having a bad taste in their mouths about the session, alluding to a bitter fight in recent days over whether the House should vote on removing Speaker Tom Craddick.

“I’d hoped that with a strong economy and a record budget surplus, that we could see greater unity this session,” Perry said. “Instead, we saw continued discord. I’m glad that legislators are leaving town so there is time for the wounds to heal.”

Perry focused his comments on the most important legislation of the session, a $153 billion state budget, which lawmakers passed Sunday.

His critique capped a session in which the Republican governor and the Republican-led Legislature weren’t exactly soulmates.

Lawmakers blocked his order for schools to vaccinate girls against the human papillomavirus, and they loudly assailed the actions on toll roads by the Texas Department of Transportation, which is headed by Perry appointees.

Perry counted additional tax cuts among the Legislature’s unfinished business, along with legislation that aims to limit how much tax bills can increase when property values go up.

Along with the $2.5 billion left unspent in general state revenue, the new budget will allow an unusually large sum — more than $4 billion — to collect in the state’s Rainy Day Fund.

Perry also criticized lawmakers for not spending enough on an incentive pool for colleges and universities to boost their graduation rates. And he criticized the late addition to the budget of millions of dollars in so-called special items, or programs at specific schools.

The influx of special items into the budget stalled negotiations between the House and Senate in the closing days.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who heads the Senate, and House Speaker Tom Craddick defended the budget.

Dewhurst called it a “good, fiscally conservative budget” that cuts $7 billion a year in local school property taxes, gives teachers a pay raise, expands health insurance for children from low-income families and eliminates a surcharge on phone bills starting in the 2009 budget year.

Craddick spokeswoman Alexis DeLee said the budget “has strong bipartisan support, and it meets the needs of Texans while leaving almost $7 billion on the table for future funding issues.”

As for the tax cuts Perry called for, Dewhurst said, the Legislature should first see how much money the state’s new business tax will generate. Lawmakers approved that tax in 2006, but it will not be paid until 2008.

Perry applauded the push to create a $3 billion cancer research fund using bonds and said he would campaign for voters to approve it this fall.

“We will look back at this session as the linchpin in the fight against cancer with investments that one day could lead to a cure,” Perry said.

How Gov. Rick Perry’s agenda fared

The governor laid out dozens of initiatives at the beginning of the session. Here’s what happened to some of the most prominent:

Proposal Outcome
Sale of state lottery Dead
Multibillion-dollar
cancer research fund Proposal headed
to voters
HPV vaccine order Dead
Increase college financial aid Got $145 million
$360 million in incentives for universities
that graduate students on time Got $100 million
Additional property tax relief/
tax rebate Dead
Designate future reservoirs
to supply water Done
$100 million for border security Done
Create fund (with Medicaid dollars)
to pay private health insurance
for working poor Partly done

WiFi and Rest Areas in Texas

In Local News, Technology, Texas Politics on May 26, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Texas Rest Stop

One of the things we discussed in our E-Government class this spring was how Houston is attempting to go WiFi. I found this article today in the Houston Chronicle taking WiFi one step further.

May 25, 2007, 6:25PM
Web surf is up at road rest stops

 

 

Pull over, log on, rest up.

That’s the message from the Texas Department of Transportation, which reports active usage of its free wireless Internet locations at its 98 rest stops and travel information centers across the state.

“The whole reason we put them there was to try to find some way to attract drivers to take breaks,” said Andy Keith, the agency’s safety rest area program manager. “The idea is, if you take a break regularly, then when you get back you’re better suited for the task at hand.”

The system, which costs less than $100,000 a year, had attracted 8,142 users averaging 48 minutes each this month, heading into the Memorial Day travel weekend. Texas was the first state to implement such a program in 2005, although Keith says about a half-dozen have joined since then.

The hottest of the hot spots this month is in Donley County, in the southeastern Panhandle along U.S. 287.

“My guess is, it’s drawing people from the community,” Keith said. “But that’s all right. Having people around is usually good in rest areas.”

The default home page at the locations is http://www.textreks.com

Donley

I don’t plan on hanging out at any rest area any longer than I really need to. In and out. Additionally, I’m not so sure that sitting at a picnic table or in the car at a rest area while on your spendy laptop is a wise idea. I don’t even take my wallet with me when I stop at those places. Actually, I really try to avoid any stops unless it is at a very public, CLEAN, and safe facility. By the way, if you must make a pit stop on your way from Houston to Austin, I recommend Buckee’s Gas Station. They have a reputation for having some of the cleanest bathrooms around; although, I’m not sure if you can access the web while you are using their bathrooms. :o)

On this Memorial Day Weekend

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Memorial Day

Please remember those that have served in our Armed Forces.

We buried another veteran today

© Major Van E. Harl, USAF Ret.
Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, 28 November 2001


  We buried another Veteran today.
He went to his God, from us, he went away.
This one was young, in the prime of his life.
He left twin children and a very courageous wife.

It wasn’t a bullet, a plane crash or a bomb.
It was cancer, and he just finally, could not hold on.
He fought “it” like a military campaign.
But the time came to surrender, to end his earthly pain.

He knew he would be fine in the presence of his Lord.
But what about his twins, those children he adored?
Will they grow strong and at “life” win.
Please God, let them always remember him.

We buried another Veteran today.
It seems, all my life, it has happened this way.
From my uncles of the WW II-time frame.
To the military friends, Vietnam would claim.

For me the number of dead, is always on the rise.
When I get a call another veteran is gone, it is never really a surprise.
From lost sub-mariners, in early days of my life.
To the forever gone, military-medical friends of my veteran wife.

I lost a Korean War veteran friend this year, to a crashed airplane.
I lost a Gulf War friend to cancer, a difference in their age, but still that pain.
I lost an Uncle to cancer who did Korea with the Navy, steaming off shores.
I lost my father-in-law who fought in Korea, from a “fox-hole” in the frozen outdoors.

We buried another Veteran today.
It seems in all my family’s generations, it happens this way.
From my Revolutionary War Grandfathers who started this sad, but needed trend.
To the family members on both sides in 1861, who just would not bend.

Some of my family lived a long and happy life, after “their” war.
They died of old age in their bed, safe-behind a locked door.
They died in battle, buried where they fell.
They died years later, carrying emotional scars, in their own personal hell.

My family is no different than thousands who met our Nation’s call.
They rose to the demands of this country and some gave their “all”.
We have to continue doing this, to make America free.
But, it’s that Veteran’s twin-little children that keeps worrying me.

We buried another Veteran today.
It seems all my life it continues this way.
Now my only child is nine and we reside on a military installation.
My wife and I truly want her to live safe, in a free nation.

But what happens, when it is her-generation’s turn to make a stand.
Do we lose our only child in some forsaken-foreign land?
Does she play it safe, stay home and say “that’s boy’s stuff”.
Or does she join like her mother and go right into the ruff.

She has to be that one Veteran I don’t see, make that final “call”.
Let me go before her, let me first give this country my fighting “all”.
Maybe if I go “out-there” and make my final stand.
She can stay safe-at-home, in this wonderful free land.

We buried another Veteran today.

1 of 3 Missing Soldiers Found

In Politics, War in Iraq on May 24, 2007 at 9:12 am

Pfc. Joseph Anzack, Jr.

Well, not a good outcome as we had hoped. 1 of the 3 missing U.S. soldiers has been found. The body of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. was found in the Euphrates River on Wednesday. All phone and internet contact has been cut off from the American soldiers in Iraq to family members to stop any type of rumors; however, Iraqi police have reported that Pfc. Anzack’s body had mutiple bullet wounds and may have had signs of torture.

Private Anzack was 20 years old.

The search continues for the other missing soldiers: Specialist Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.

And the war drags on. Many of our soldiers are on their second or third tour. Instead of all the bickering on the Hill, everyone needs to sit down and figure out what our agenda is. Instead of saying that we need to pull out our troops by “x” date or no more money to support the troops, give Iraq a time frame and set an agenda for them. We are giving them the tools and resources and yet they are still not where they should be when it comes to supporting their own country. Give them the time frame and if they are not ready by “x” date, then they are on their own and no more ground support from us. You can’t put a time frame on war but you can set a time line with an agenda and expectations.

By the way, according to the Department of Defense we have lost 3434 soldiers since this war began.

A professor of mine sent me an article yesterday about the number of troops increasing in Iraq. From seattlepi.com:

U.S. quietly, dramatically increasing Iraq troop levels

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

By STEWART M. POWELL
HEARST NEWSPAPERS

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is quietly on track to nearly double the number of combat troops in Iraq this year, an analysis of Pentagon deployment orders showed Monday.

This “second surge” of troops in Iraq, which is being executed by extending tours for brigades already there and by deploying more units, could boost the number of combat troops to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year. When support troops are included, the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq could increase from 162,000 now to more than 200,000 — the most ever — by the end of the year.

The efforts to reinforce U.S. troops in Iraq are being carried out without the fanfare that accompanied President Bush’s initial troop surge in January.

Retired Army Maj. Gen. William Nash, the U.S. commander who led NATO troops into Bosnia in late 1995, when asked to comment on the analysis of deployment orders, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that they’re not talking about it. I think they would be very happy not to have any more attention paid to this.”

The first surge was prominently proclaimed by Bush in a nationally televised address Jan. 10, when he ordered five additional combat brigades to join 15 brigades already in Iraq.

The buildup was designed to give commanders the 20 combat brigades that Pentagon planners said were needed to provide security in Baghdad and in western Anbar province.

Since then, the Pentagon has extended combat tours for units in Iraq from 12 months to 15 months and announced the deployment of additional brigades.

Fort Lewis already has 10,000 soldiers serving in Iraq, including two Stryker Brigades of nearly 4,000 soldiers each, and smaller units. Other branches of the military based in Washington and the state’s National Guard also have small units in Iraq.

One Stryker Brigade’s deployment was supposed to end in June, but was extended to October. The other brigade began a 15-month deployment in April.

If the Pentagon overlaps arriving and departing combat brigades, the number of combat soldiers could rise from 52,500 in early January to as many as 98,000 by the end of this year.

Taken together, the steps could put elements of as many as 28 combat brigades in Iraq by Christmas, according to an analysis of deployment orders by Hearst Newspapers.

Nash said that some of the projected reinforcements could reflect an effort by the Bush administration to “get the number of troops into Iraq that we’ve needed there all along.”

“The problem is that it comes at a time when everybody else is saying that we should call it a day,” Nash said. “Most folks want us leaving — not arriving.”

The troop escalation coincides with the time frame when Army Gen. David Petraeus, the overall U.S. commander, has promised his verdict on whether the initial troop surge is working, whether additional troops are needed or whether U.S. troops should begin phased withdrawal.

In an unusual step, several of Petraeus’ subordinate field commanders have publicly described their needs for additional combat troops.

Army Lt. Col. Carl Ey, an Army spokesman, said Monday that there is no effort under way by the Army to carry out “a secret surge” beyond the 20 combat brigades ordered by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

“There isn’t a second surge going on; we’ve got what we’ve got,” Ey said. “The idea that there are ever going to be more combat brigades in theater in the future than the secretary of defense has authorized is pure speculation.”

Ey attributed the increase in troops to “temporary increases that typically occur during the crossover period” as arriving combat brigades move into position to replace departing combat brigades.

“Typically during a transition period, there is an increase in the number of soldiers in theater,” Ey said. “But it’s temporary.”

Ey said that only elements of the eight additional combat brigades beyond the 20 already authorized would actually be in Iraq in December.

Combat brigades in Iraq are the independent, self-sustaining, mobile military units of 3,500 to 5,000 soldiers that are used to seize, hold and rebuild Iraqi communities and to combat insurgents, sectarian attacks and al-Qaida operatives.

The Pentagon has repeatedly extended unit tours in Iraq during the past four years to achieve temporary increases in combat power. For example, three combat brigades were extended up to three months in November 2004 to boost the number of U.S. troops from 138,000 to 150,000 before, during and after the Jan. 30, 2005, Iraqi national elections.

Lawrence Korb, an assistant defense secretary for manpower during the Reagan administration, said the Pentagon deployment schedule enables the Bush administration to achieve quick increases in combat forces in the future by delaying units’ scheduled departures from Iraq and overlapping them with arriving replacement forces.

“The administration is giving itself the capability to increase the number of troops in Iraq,” Korb said. “It remains to be seen whether they actually choose to do that.”

The Joint Forces Command, the Pentagon entity based in Norfolk, Va., that tracks combat forces heading to and returning from Iraq, declined to discuss unit-by-unit deployments.

“Due to operational security, we cannot confirm or discuss military unit movements or schedules,” Navy Lt. Jereal Dorsey said by e-mail.

Satan made me do it and a stand for Houston

In Are you kidding me?, Local News on May 20, 2007 at 7:39 pm

Houston - Downtown

I’m really getting sick of the fact that the lunitics of Houston and its surrounding areas are getting more national coverage on CNN and MSNBC then real heroes such as our soldiers in Iraq. Obviously the good things that happen in Houston are not as newsworthy.

First we had Andrea Yates who killed her five children because God told her to do so. Of course, who could not forget Enron??? Then we had the whacked out Clara Harris who ran over her husband several times in a hotel parking lot because he was cheating on her. Next we had the crazy diaper wearing-jealous-female NASA astronaut who drove across country to hunt down her lover’s lover. Additionally, we had the man that went into his Clear Lake NASA (yes, NASA again) office one afternoon and shot his boss and himself because he knew he was going to be fired. Last week we made it into the national news again.

Joshua Mauldin, 19, his wife, mother, and 2 month old baby girl were staying at a Quality Inn in Galveston. Mauldin said that he moved the family to Galveston because God had called on to him to follow the ministry. While Mauldin’s wife and mother were at an IHOP, Mauldin placed his baby girl in a microwave. Shortly after, he called down to the front desk for help. He told the person at the front desk that he had spilled hot water on the baby. They found the baby on the bed badly burned. Then his story changed. He stated that he tripped over the coffee maker’s electrical cord causing it to tip over on the baby. That story was quickly retracted when he was caught in the lie. The coffee maker’s cord was no where visible so he could not have tripped over it. So he admitted putting the baby in the microwave because God told him to do so. Once the authorities arrested him, he changed the story again saying that stress caused him to do it. Today as I am watching the weekend national news, I learn of new blame for Mauldin’s actions.

From the AP:

May 20, 2007, 1:10PM
Mom blames Satan for burning baby in microwave

Joshua Mauldin MugshotGALVESTON — A woman blames the devil and not her husband for severely burning their infant daughter after the 2-month-old was put in a microwave, a Houston television station reported.

Eva Marie Mauldin said Satan compelled her 19-year-old husband, Joshua Royce Mauldin, to microwave their daughter May 10 because the devil disapproved of Joshua’s efforts to become a preacher.

“Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw (Joshua) as a threat,” Eva Mauldin told Houston television station KHOU-TV.

A Galveston County grand jury indicted Joshua Mauldin last week on child injury charges after hearing evidence that he placed his daughter in a motel microwave for 10 to 20 seconds.

The infant, Ana Marie, remains hospitalized. She suffered burns on the left side of her face and to her left hand, police said.

Eva Marie Mauldin, the girl’s 20-year-old mother, told the television station that her husband is “not the monster people are making him out to be.”

“That was not my husband; my husband is a wonderful father,” she said. “Satan was working through his weaknesses.”

Eva Maudlin described those weaknesses as an undisclosed mental disability, and that her efforts to get help for him have failed.

Police said Joshua Mauldin told them he put Ana Marie in the microwave because he was under stress. The family had arrived in Galveston the day before.

Eva Maudlin, who met her husband in an Arkansas church, denied those claims by police.

“He would never do anything to hurt her. He loves her,” she said. “When she cries he is the one who comforts her. When she is sick, he is the one that takes her to the doctor.”

Joshua Mauldin, of Warren, Ark., came to Galveston with his wife and mother because he was called to be a preacher, his wife said. While Joshua Mauldin’s mother has returned to Arkansas, Eva Mauldin remains in Galveston.

She is hoping to be reunited with her daughter, but Child Protective Services is working to have her and Joshua Mauldin’s parental rights severed. A custody hearing for the infant is scheduled for later this week in a Galveston district court.

Joshua Mauldin faces a charge of injury to a child causing serious bodily harm, which carries a possible prison term of five to 99 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Eva Mauldin has set up a MySpace page, “Joshua Mauldin is not a Monster,” in hopes of defending her husband and making pleas for people to help her.

According to the Iraq Coalition Causality Count‘s website, 43 soldiers have died from Houston, Conroe, Spring, Galveston, The Woodlands, and Humble as of today. We never seem to hear their stories. Like so many other stories with the war, we only hear numbers and nothing of these families. Most of you may think that this has nothing to do with the Joshua Mauldin’s story and it may not. My husband is in the military and so whenever there is a causality and my ears perk up, the news story is usually just a little blurb and then onto the crazy astronaut or guy that put his baby in the microwave. So, whenever I see Houston on the national news because of controversy or disgusting stories I get infuriated. I have to admit that when I came to Houston 6 years ago for a job, I was kind of hoping that it wouldn’t work out.

I only heard negative things like all of the crime, violence, and traffic. Houston quickly grew on me and I am proud to say that I am a Houston transplant. There are so many wonderful things about Houston that many don’t know about. We have a great Theater and Arts district, cool science museums and exhibits, awesome sports teams, and tons more. When our families come to visit, they look forward to all the things that we have planned for them because there is always something different to do. Houston has many cities within the city and although it is one of the largest cities in the nation, you can always find hospitable people and those willing to give you the shirt off of their back.

I just want people that don’t live in Houston to understand that although we have our share of crazy people, there are so many more great things to know about our city. I hate getting email from family and friends that say, “I hear what happened in Houston again…”

The truth is, things like this happen all over the country and I am sure that there are others sitting in their living rooms feeling the same way about their city or town. I’m just another voice and opinion at the other end of your computer monitor. By the way…Satan lives everywhere – not just in Houston and Galveston. <smile>

President Bush Hook ‘Em Horns


Rudy Giuliani Goes Off on Ron Paul

In Politics on May 17, 2007 at 12:23 am

In Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Debate, Congressman Ron Paul (Texas) said that we (Americans) invited the attacks on 9/11 and essentially it was our fault that so many people died. You know Rudy Giuliani had something to say about that! To make it even more interesting, when Giuliani asked Paul to recant his statement, Paul refused!

Kiss that ticket goodbye Ron. Americans don’t want to hear that the terrorist attacks were our fault.

Idiot.

Official Transcript of a Phone Call Between President Bush and Alberto Gonzales

In Fun Stuff, Politics on May 16, 2007 at 11:09 pm

Bush and GonzalesOk, so it’s not an OFFICIAL transcript. This is from the officious website of George W. Bush. If you are easily offended by vulgar language, racial remarks, and pictures, then do not visit the site. I do not support this site in any way other than the fact that I found some of this pretty funny! I can just hear the two of them.

I have cleaned up this version for you. Enjoy!

THE PRESIDENT: Speedy!

GONZALES: Hello?

THE PRESIDENT: Speedy Gonzales!

GONZALES: Ha, ha, Mr. President! That one always cracks me up. Ha, ha! The Warner Brother’s Loony Tune character Speedy Gonzales, other than being a hilarious counterintuitive caricature of a slow, lazy Mexican, ALSO shares MY last name, which is ALSO Gonzales! Ha, ha!

THE PRESIDENT: How is my favorite Mexurrito?

GONZALES: I don’t recall, jefe.

THE PRESIDENT: Excellent. Are you sure?

GONZALES: I think so, sir. But I can’t be certain. Because after all, I don’t recall.

THE PRESIDENT: Good – because I don’t want my favoritest, most loyal, most likely to fling himself on any political sword to protect yours truly, most scapegoatest yes man toadie to ever lick a boot heel to be unhappy.

GONZALES: As they say in Texas, Mr. President: I’m happier than a coyote eating a biscuit then woooosh! There rolls a tumbleweed past a harmonica-playin’ cowpoke

THE PRESIDENT: Huh. Ain’t never heard that one before. Are you sure that’s Texan?

GONZALES: I don’t recall, sir!

THE PRESIDENT: It certainly sounds Texan.

GONZALES: Just like you and me! Who, if my memory serves correctly, both come from Texas. I think.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right! Well, s**t, Gonzo, you do seem to be in a good mood. All things considered.

GONZALES: Sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, you’re doing a heck of job. I support you.

GONZALES: I appreciate that, sir!

THE PRESIDENT: Like that time you totally suppressed my gazillion or so DUI’s during those crazy days back in Texas?

GONZALES: I did? I don’t recall that.

THE PRESIDENT: Sure, you did. Because you’re loyal. And it wasn’t a gazillion… but one is enough, am I right or am I right?

GONZALES: You’re always right, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: And how about all those times you let me electric chicken fry evil people and/or poor-ass blacks? No matter what them lawyers wrote you, even if it was “The condemned is retarded,” or “The condemned’s defense lawyer fell asleep during the trial,” or “The condemned is innocent,” you just gave the big legal thumbs down and I zapped them dead, like I was God. Not Jesus. The Jew God – because he was badass.

GONZALES: If you say so.

THE PRESIDENT: I just think back to all the good times we’ve had… both of us equally needy, insecure political hacks hankering for cheap power and validation. Albeit, not of equal breeding. You, me, Dirty Harriet, KKKarl, Mama Hughes, we were like a mafia, only not all hairy and Italian. Good times.

GONZALES: Those certainly sound like some good times. How unfortunate that I don’t have any substantive memories of the events to which you refer.

THE PRESIDENT: I just wanted to say what a great job you did the other day in front of the Judiciary committee. What a bunch of f***ing liberal douchetards and turncoat Republican vaginasaurs.

GONZALES: I don’t recall.

THE PRESIDENT: I mean, of course we tried to s**tcan them lawyers – they wouldn’t de-legitimize the damn November elections! Motherf*****s work for me! But you did a fine job of giving them nothing but nothing!

GONZALES: I… I don’t remember?

THE PRESIDENT: Of course you don’t!

GONZALES: Can I have a crunchy apple?

THE PRESIDENT: Right after nap time. Before you go to siestaville, though, I just want to reiterate one thing: I won’t fire you.

GONZALES: Why would you fire me?

THE PRESIDENT: Exactly.

[CLICK]

Why Mommy is a Democrat

In Fun Stuff, Politics on May 15, 2007 at 11:01 pm

Why Mommy is a Democrat by Jeremy Zilber

Why???

 Rush Limbaugh hates it, so you know it’s gotta be good!

Check out the book at http://www.littledemocrats.net

By the way, my nephews are getting this book from me this year.  :o)

Pelosi in Da House!

In Politics on May 14, 2007 at 3:35 am

 CHRONICLE     Never fear Houston…Nancy is here!

From Kristen Mack’s article in Monday’s Houston Chronicle:

No trip is purely personal when you are speaker of the House.

Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to lead the U.S. House of Representatives, was in Houston this weekend for the first Communion of her 8-year-old grandson, Sean Kenneally.

“I was mainly here for this,” Pelosi said after the Sunday service at St. Anne Catholic Church. “And to celebrate Mother’s Day. This is exciting for us.”

But today politics will once again be front and center as she headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at The Coronado Club. This is her first trip to Texas since taking up the gavel.

“We’re honored whenever she comes,” Pelosi’s daughter, Jacqueline Kenneally, said. “We’re especially thrilled to have her here to celebrate

Sean’s special day.”

When local Democrats found out Pelosi planned to come to Houston they scheduled a luncheon in her honor. Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, has long been the House Democrats’ most prolific fundraiser.

Entrance to the high-dollar event starts at $2,500. In order to gain “committee member” status, people must pledge to write a $10,000 check or raise it, and co-chairs must commit to writing or raising $25,000 per couple. Democratic heavy-hitters Bob and Gracie Cavnar are hosting the event.

The event is oversold. “We have more people than space,” Gracie Cavnar said on Sunday. They are expecting 75 attendees and have raised more than $150,000 for the Democratic Party.

The Cavnars praised Pelosi’s leadership in Washington for “wrangling her raucous caucus into a powerfully organized voice of the people.”

“We have always been impressed with the way she rules with an iron fist inside that beautifully wrought velvet glove. You’d think she was a Southern woman,” the Cavnars wrote in their e-mail invitation.

This is the seventh year the Cavnars have hosted an annual event for Pelosi. Last year’s contributors included David Matthiesen, Richard Mithoff, Beverly and James Postl and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams.

The Houston-area congressional Democratic delegation — Al Green, Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee and Nick Lampson — plan to attend the luncheon.

Pelosi is expected to make brief remarks at the event, which is closed to the public and the media, before flying back to Washington this afternoon.

“The country really spoke in November that they were ready for a fresh approach and change,” Cavnar said.

Pelosi’s tenure as the third-ranking member of government has stood in sharp contrast to the Republican administration.

Last week Pelosi led an effort in the House to finance the Iraq war only through midsummer. President Bush has threatened to veto the House plan, approved on a 221-205 vote on Thursday, to require him to seek approval in two months for the balance of the war money.

In April, Pelosi met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus against Bush’s wishes. Bush said it sent mixed messages to Syria, which his administration considers to be a state supporter of terrorism.

During last year’s race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay in the 22nd Congressional District, Republicans invoked Pelosi’s name, saying a vote for Lampson, who went on to win, was a vote for Pelosi as speaker should the Democrats reclaim control of the House, which they did.

“She’s never been daunted by Texas,” Cavnar said of the reliably Republican Lone Star State. “Republicans always want to invoke the fear of ultraliberalism. As the speaker, she does not let her personal politics drive the business of the House.”