Kinky Dems, Elitists, and Big Money Politics

KinkyBeing FUNNY does NOT disqualify someone from running for State Office.   Some folks in the Democratic party say Kinky doesn’t deserve your vote because he’s funny. (Wait…what?).

Kinky Friedman is running for Texas AG Commissioner.  He has drawn two opponents in the   Democratic Primary; Jim Hogan and Hugh Ftizsimons.  Hogan is a dairy man/cattle rancher from Cleburne, Texas.   Hogan has done little to openly campaign and is not considered a viable player.  Fitzsimons is a Professor/Bison Rancher/Honey producer.  According to some circles, Fitzsimons has been endorsed by God, and has 4 times as much campaign money as Kinky Friedman.  So, I see it as the classic David v. Goliath saga:  Big Money Establishment vs. the Kinkster.

Fitzsimons posted this about Kinky:

If you are voting in the Democratic Party primary, you may be tempted to vote for Kinky Friedman for agriculture commissioner. He’s a clever self-promoter running on marijuana legalization, and his name is next to a position that you probably don’t know much about. It makes for a good chuckle in the voting booth, while he laughs all the way to the bank and this year’s election becomes just another one of his jokes. http://hughfortexas.com/blog/

 I call BULLSHIT.

So, having a sense of humor limits your effectiveness, eh? I know many funny, successful people.

What about Al Franken, funny man turned Senator;

What about Governor Ann Richards?

Being funny never hurt Molly Ivin’s credibility;

(DISCLAIMER: Shit’s about to get real)

I support Kinky Friedman and I don’t give a DAMN who knows it.

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Kinky’s  political views do not fit neatly in a box bearing the label of a particular party.  He is not a manufactured Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, or Independent for that matter.  Yet the restrictive nature of our two party system forces candidates to align with the party that most resembles their own political views, and everybody knows Kinky leans to the left.  

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I don’t apologize to people who try to intimidate. I don’t apologize to people with an agenda. I never apologize for the truth….Texas is my country,truth is my religion – and fuck ’em, fuck ’em if they can’t take a Joke- Kinky Friedman

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.    -Annie

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The Eleventh Hour: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace”

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Veteran’s Day, was originally commemorated as Armistice Day, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace.”

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Armistice Day–“The eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month”, in 1918, the major conflicts of World War I ended when the allies signed an armistice with Germany.

                    ‘November 11, 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died  in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory… and because of the opportunity it has given  America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution “requesting that President  Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies” (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) the act was approved May 13, 1938, making November 11, a legal holiday with the appropriate ceremonies “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

 

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Veteran’s Day–Armistice Day morphed into Veteran’s Day- In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, who wanted Armistice Day to include all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day and signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Remembrance Day/Poppy Day–is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. This day, or alternative dates,  are also recognized as special days for war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem “In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red color an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

References:

Front page NYT: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/NYTimes-Page1-11-11-1918.jpg/474px-NYTimes-Page1-11-11-1918.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_Day

http://www.historyextra.com/remembrance

http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm 

Women’s Equality: The Battle Continues, The War Rages On.

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“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” –Amendment XIX

19th AmendmentThe observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York (NWHP)

Ninety-three years after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, and women are still fighting for equality.   Examples of the recent attacks have been spotlighted in  ATD’s War on Women Series. Make no mistake about it, the WAR on WOMEN is REAL, despite the GOP’s claim that it is merely trumped up media hype.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, RNC chairman Reince Priebus claimed the so-called “war on women” is a fiction created as the media is on par with claiming there is a “war on caterpillars.”

“Now if the Democrats said we had a war on caterpillars,” Priebus told Hunt, “then every mainstream media outlet talked about the fact that Republicans have a war on caterpillars, so then we’d have a problem with caterpillars. I mean, the fact of the matter is it’s a fiction.” (Mediaite)

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Move On complied the Top 10 MOST SHOCKING attacks from the GOP’s War on Women:

1) Republicans not only want to reduce women’s access to abortion care, they’re actually trying to redefine rape. After a major backlash, they promised to stop. But they haven’t yet. Shocker.

2) A state legislator in Georgia wants to change the legal term for victims of rape, stalking, and domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less gendered crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”

3) In South Dakota, Republicans proposed a bill that could make it legal to murder a doctor who provides abortion care. (Yep, for real.)

4) Republicans want to cut nearly a billion dollars of food and other aid to low-income pregnant women, mothers, babies, and kids.

5) In Congress, Republicans have a bill that would let hospitals allow a woman to die rather than perform an abortion necessary to save her life.

6) Maryland Republicans ended all county money for a low-income kids’ preschool program. Why? No need, they said. Women should really be home with the kids, not out working.

7) And at the federal level, Republicans want to cut that same program, Head Start, by $1 billion. That means over 200,000 kids could lose their spots in preschool.

8) Two-thirds of the elderly poor are women, and Republicans are taking aim at them too. A spending bill would cut funding for employment services, meals, and housing for senior citizens.

9) Congress just voted for a Republican amendment to cut all federal funding from Planned Parenthood health centers, one of the most trusted providers of basic health care and family planning in our country.

10) And if that wasn’t enough, Republicans are pushing to eliminate all funds for the only federal family planning program. (For humans. But Republican Dan Burton has a bill to provide contraception for wild horses. You can’t make this stuff up).

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. J.Locke

The battles continues as the war rages on.

The voices of WOMEN must be heard.

Speak out.

Dear Canada

Dear Canada,

You have so graciously shared your talented citizens with us.  We have truly enjoyed many of them, even proud   to claim them as our own. Educators, humanitarians, actors, musicians, and comedians.

Canada we salute you.

And, Canada….

ONE LAST THING….

Please keep Ted Cruz for yourself.

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HERE’S YOUR RECEIPT——> cRUZ bRITH cERTIFICAT

Sincerely,

America

BLOGGERS BEWARE: YOU ARE not JOURNALISTS

Democrats gone WILD. 

And, when a Democrat is WRONG, we WILL report it.

 FEINSTEINPersonal note: For the most part, I respect  Dianne Fienstein as a politician, although, I don’t always agree with her opinions, policies, or practices.  This is one of those times that I must publicly disagree with her.

Eric Boehm, www.watchdog.org reports:

In a proposed amendment to a media shield law being considered by Congress, Feinstein writes that only paid journalists should be given protections from prosecution for what they say or write.  The language in her proposal is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates because it seems to leave out bloggers and other nontraditional forms of journalism that have proliferated in recent years thanks to the Internet.

McClatchy reported:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., wondered whether it could be used to provide protections to employees of WikiLeaks, an organization that allows anonymous sources to leak information to the public. “I’m concerned this would provide special privilege to those who are not reporters at all,” she said.

SchumerChuck Schumer :  “The world has changed. We’re very careful in this bill to distinguish journalists from those who shouldn’t be protected, WikiLeaks and all those, and we’ve ensured that,”  “But there are people who write and do real journalism, in different ways than we’re used to. They should not be excluded from this bill.”

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 “The best kind of fiction is truer than any kind of journalism.”-Hunter S. Thompson

two centsThe internet has facilitated  a new age of journalism; Fact vs. Fallacy/Opinion vs. Truth.  Today, the writer has the ability to share information with a broader audience, with a clear  caveat : the burden of truth  has shifted to the reader.  A good journalist or blogger will cite their sources of information-and it is up to the reader to consider/validate the source. (I learned the importance of citing sources in High School, Undergrad studies, and the importance of citing scholarly sources in Grad school).   Information, news, blogs, journals, postings of any nature should be disregarded unless the sources are referenced; even then, it is imperative to verify the sources to distinguish between special interest groups posing as news machines, manufacturing propaganda.

I fear that Feinstein’s efforts are essentially throwing out the baby with the bathwater; And, although  countless instances of inaccurate reporting by unpaid bloggers AND paid journalists is a fact, the benefits of being able to responsibly disseminate information without recourse is my  constitutional right that I will defend with my life.

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References:

Hunter S. Thompson Quote via :‘Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’’ (1979)

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Popular Resistance

 

Cross Posted on All Things Democrat

TRUMP SUED FOR GET RICH SCHEME

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Michael Gormley of the Associated Press Reported:

ALBANY, N.Y.New York‘s attorney general sued Donald imagesCA4SSSQRTrump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony “Trump University” that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships….The $40 million he seeks is mostly to pay restitution to consumers.

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No, seriously, aspiring Gordon Gekko’s paid to sit at the Capitalist Guru’s feet to learn “Art of the Deal” ,”How to Get Rich” and , “Think Like a Billionaire.”

Gormley continues:

State Education Department officials had told Trump to change the name of his enterprise years ago, saying it lacked a license and didn’t meet the legal definitions of a university. In 2011 it was renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Institute, but it has been dogged since by complaints from consumers and a few isolated civil lawsuits claiming it didn’t fulfill its advertised claims.

Trump responds to allegations saying that the “Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suit is politically money_bagmotivated. Claiming that Schneiderman is angry that the Donald has been stingy with his political donations…

State Board of Elections records show Trump has spent more than $136,000 on New York campaigns since 2010. He contributed $12,500 to Schneiderman in October 2010, when Schneiderman was running for attorney general, records show.

imagesCAOW0X3R    Mmkay. The Donald‘s hair seems to be interfering with his brain activity, acting like a “tin foil” conspiracy deflector. He simply cannot wrap his brain (or hair) around the concept of justice. According to WISE GEEK:

According to WISE GEEK:

A state’s attorney general is responsible for enforcing the law in the state where he or she was elected.

It would appear, that Schneiderman is acting within his scope of authority…. investigating FRAUD COMPLAINTS.

Wait for it…

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Cross posted at All Things Democrat

Arsenic, Texas: Population 0

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Study: Arsenic Found in Water Near Natural Gas Sites
by Neena Satija

A study of water quality in the Barnett Shale region of North Texas has found elevated levels of arsenic in wells that are closer to natural gas extraction sites. But the reasons behind the contamination are far from clear, and the study, published last week in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science & Technology, is sure to fuel an already fierce debate over the impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

University of Texas at Arlington researchers tested 100 private water wells in 2011 in Tarrant and surrounding counties in the Barnett Shale region, where oil and gas companies have been injecting a combination of fluid, chemicals and sand to release shale gas from rock formations in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Those with dangerously high levels of arsenic — about one-third of the wells — tended to be much closer to natural gas wells than those that were not contaminated. Long-term exposure to arsenic is linked to several major diseases, including prostate, lung, skin and liver cancers.

Fracking could have contributed to the elevated arsenic levels, said lead author Brian Fontenot. Faulty gas well casings or excess water pumping could add metals to the water, or the vibrations that come from drilling “can shake the rust on older private water wells,” he said. That rust could contain arsenic.

“We’re not saying that they’ve injected arsenic into these wells,” Fontenot said. But he said the study, which is self-funded, could show “indirect ways” of contamination by drilling activities, especially because the wells his team tested that were far from drilling activities did not contain high levels of arsenic.

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This map shows the location of all the wells tested in the Barnett Shale region for the study, and their level of contamination by arsenic.

Rob Jackson, a Duke University scientist who has studied the impacts of fracking in different shale regions, said the study is a valuable contribution to a growing body of research on the issue.

“It’s the first study that I know of looking at the Barnett Shale and water quality,” Jackson said. “The Barnett’s an important place, because this kind of drilling has been happening longest in the Barnett.”

The possibility that arsenic contamination could be linked to fracking also caught Jackson’s attention. His study on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale found that drinking water near gas wells contained stray gases like methane, the main component of natural gas. And though drilling companies say the recipe of chemicals that they inject into the ground is secret, they do generally use substances that are collectively referred to as BTEX — benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene — but the researchers in the UTA study didn’t find those.

“Where are the metals coming from?” Jackson asked. “Are they coming from the drilling or are they being dissolved from the rock by something leaking out of the top of the well?”

But industry advocates are skeptical. “For all the science that was applied in that study, those kind of conclusions are about as unscientific as you can get,” said Ed Ireland, head of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, a nonprofit based in Fort Worth whose members are oil and gas companies that operate in the region.

If fracking were contaminating the water, he said, the researchers would have found BTEX. “They didn’t find any. To me, that was significant,” he said.

The researchers’ suggestion that mechanical vibrations may release the chemical, is a “sloppy conclusion,” Ireland said. “With such a small sample size, they really can’t reach a conclusion like that.”

Jackson, the Duke researcher, also said the relatively few number of wells in the study is a big limitation. And the researchers didn’t test the wells before drilling began, so the arsenic could have been there beforehand.

The study’s authors looked at historical data for about 300 wells in the area and found that in the 1990s, not a single one had dangerous levels of arsenic.

“There is good overlap between that historical data and their extraction and nonextraction wells,” Jackson said. “It suggests that the water quality has changed, and oil and gas drilling might be the cause.”

Research on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water has been mixed, and the results hotly contested. While Jackson found evidence of contamination in the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania, he didn’t find any in a study of the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas.

Last week in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, and other congressmen blasted the Environmental Protection Agency in a hearing that questioned its work on this issue, and the Los Angeles Times on Monday published a report suggesting that an EPA study on fracking and water contamination had been censored. Last year, a UT-Austin scientist at the Energy Institute made headlines when he found no link between fracking and water contamination, but was then heavily criticized for failing to disclose more than $1 million of income that came from a drilling company.

The UTA study’s lead author, Fontenot, said his team is working on another study in the Cline Shale region in the Permian Basin, where drilling has recently begun. Landowners have let them test the water before natural gas activity started so they can compare samples before and after the extraction process.

Fontenot is also a scientist in the EPA’s Dallas office, where his work is not related to oil and gas activities. He said his team chose not to ask for funding for this study from environmental or industry groups, instead using a start-up grant from UTA and paying out of pocket for other expenses.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/30/fracking/.

ANONYMOUS VS. WESTBORO

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The Westboro IDIOTS are at it again.  Just hours after the bombing, Westboro tweeted their plan to protest the funerals of those killed in the Boston blast.

“WestboroBaptist Church to picket funerals of those dead by Boston Bombs! GOD SENT THE BOMBS IN FURY OVER FAG MARRIAGE! #PraiseGod,” the group tweeted at 5:20 p.m. Monday, two hours after news of the first explosion.”  (full story here)

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ANONYMOUS, rallies the nameless to avenge the dead. The hacktivist group Anonymous made it very clear that if the WBC tried anything in Boston, they would feel the full fury of the online community. (Huff Po)

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My money is on Anonymous.