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GOP Applause and Laugh Lines

by: Al Stanley

Thu Sep 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM CDT

Cross-posted on TexasKaos

What got the the juices flowing in the mostly Republican audience at last night's presidential debate? I gathered all the applause and laugh lines together to have a looksee. Some of what caught the audience's fancy struck me as predictable; some, less so. Some I found horrifying; some, just plain goofy.

I was probably most surprised by what I call the mid-debate social security melee, but I don't want to prejudice your perception of these highlights too much. Take a look for yourself and chime in with comments as you like.

ANNOUNCER: Live from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, the Republican candidates debate. Here now are Brian Williams and John Harris.

ROMNEY: If [Perry] tried to say that, well, it would be like Al Gore saying he invented the Internet.

ROMNEY: Well, as a matter of fact, George Bush and his predecessor created jobs at a faster rate than you did, Governor.

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Dr. Seuss ... the lost manuscript

by: Al Stanley

Tue Mar 02, 2010 at 01:10 AM CST

Less known than the fact that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodore Geisel is that he and I went to Dartmouth College together (though decades apart).

Ted (who taught me to read) was less interested in classes than in doodling and writing doggrel for the Jack-o-Lantern, the Dartmouth equivalent of the Harvard Lampoon, but with less drug humor.

During a really terrible spring term my freshman year while I was busily engaged in flunking German, I had occasion to take a nap in the stacks of old Baker Library. Needing something to rest my head on, I pulled a portfolio off the shelves. It was dust covered and tattered and falling apart at the seams. In it was a manuscript which I instantly recognized as having the distinctive Seuss style along with the following cover letter.

March 6, 1925

Dear Mr. Geisel,

We at Random House are always looking for fresh approaches in the area of children's literature. However, the manuscript you sent us, "Hair Dye and Glam," is not quite what we are looking for. For one thing, one of the main characters, a Mr. Sham-I-am, seems to be rather annoying and not much fun. For another, There is no moral to it, and every good children's book has a moral.

Your drawings, however, show much promise. Might I suggest that you put this project on the shelf for a while? I'm sure you can find a better pair of words to rhyme than "Sham" and "glam." Maybe "Sam" and "Spam" or something?

In any case, please visit us when you next come down to the City. Take the subway down to Mulberry Street, and let me know if you have any interesting ideas along the way.

Bennett Cerf

I turned my attention to the manuscript. The first illustration was of a smallish figure racing across the page and carrying a sign ...
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Bell-Metereau raises >$10K, her primary opponents nada

by: Al Stanley

Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 00:48 AM CST

( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

Cross-posted on Texas Kaos

There's a big difference between Rebecca Bell-Metereau and her three primary opponents for State Board of Education, District 5: none of the three gentlemen raised any funds in the most recent reporting period covering the first three weeks of January, while Rebecca has raised over $10,000 in the same time frame ($30,000 to date). So in addition to Rebecca being an articulate, well-qualified educator, she's clearly the only Democratic candidate taking the campaign seriously.

Yet all three of the gentlemen are making the rounds of endorsement meetings asking for support, and no one seems to be asking them this basic question: "If you aren't willing to raise money, how are you going to win in a general election in a Republican-leaning district?"

If one of her opponents wasn't named for a famous frontiersman, we could probably hold some back for the general election. Instead, we just hope we're reaching out to enough people and that enough are paying attention so that this year's version of Gene Kelly won't spoil the dance.

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Uribe Already Up on Statewide TV ... by Harold Cook

by: Al Stanley

Mon Jan 11, 2010 at 10:44 PM CST

Cross posted on Texas Kaos

I have never seen tiny type used to make asides in a news release before, but obviously Harold Cook is on something ... I mean, on to something.

For immediate release                                                                                                                            Contact: Harold Cook
January 11, 2010                                                                                                                                     (512) XXX-XXXX

In Stunning Move, Land Commissioner Candidate Hector Uribe Already up on Statewide TV

(Austin) Democratic candidate for Texas Land Commissioner Hector Uribe announced today that he's already on TV state-wide, when the USA cable network aired "No Country For Old Men" on January 6, and twice during their programming yesterday. Uribe had a speaking role in the film, which garnered four Academy Awards...for other actors. Uribe, for his part, managed to become one of only a few actors in the film to achieve the vaulted status of not being violently murdered by the end of it.

This surprise move makes Uribe the first candidate for Land Commissioner to be up on TV state-wide this election season.

"This is the kind of publicity that makes people. Things are going to start happening to me now," said Uribe, shamelessly pilfering a line from another movie, "The Jerk."

Uribe's campaign will focus on maximizing revenue from state lands to help fund neighborhood schools, while also concentrating on how the state can best promote renewable energy.

Meanwhile, Uribe's Republican opponent threatened to shoot him last week. Uribe said he isn't at all disturbed by the empty threat, explaining that if he can survive a Coen Brothers script, he can survive Jerry Patterson.

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Photo from the Don McLeroy dinner

by: Al Stanley

Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:50 PM CDT

According to the Houston Chronicle's "Texas Politics" blog, a majority of the State Board of Education, including two of its Democratic members, gathered in Spicewood two weeks ago to honor rejected SBOE Chair Don McLeroy.

Among the highlights:

Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, asked Rene Nunez, D-El Paso, to take a photograph of McLeroy and "Don's Darlings," which included herself, [Terri] Leo [R-Spring] and Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands.

What I wouldn't give for a copy of that picture! Oh wait ... here it is ...

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Words of wisdom from a real Republican ...

by: Al Stanley

Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 00:00 AM CDT

"The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities. In all that people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. ...  
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Rep. Gary Elkins Asks, "What's Medicaid?"

by: Al Stanley

Sat Mar 21, 2009 at 10:22 PM CDT

(Wow. Just, wow. - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

As reported in today's American-Statesman, hours into a hearing of the Health and Human Services Committee, Republican committee member Gary Elkins, an eight-term member of the Texas House of Representatives asked,
"What's Medicaid? I know I hear it ... I really don't know what it is. I know that's a big shock to everyone in the audience, Okay?"
Elkins comes to the Capitol from Jersey Village, which lies along U.S. 290, just outside the tollway in northwest Harris County.

The town is named for the Jersey cows once ubiquitous on Clark W. Henry's 1,236 acre F&M Dairy. Clark sold the land for residential development in 1953, and Jersey Village was incorporated in 1956, around the time Elkins was born.

Jersey Village makes up a small albeit privileged fraction of the 135th House District. The  2000 census found 6,880 people living in Jersey Village, 9,498 in scattered random bits that had been annexed into Houston, and 118,089 spread across the vast non-incorporated areas making up the bulk of the district.

In contrast to Jersey Village, which is 82% white, the Houston bits and unincorporated areas are 48% minority. The poor of the district outnumber the entire population of Jersey Village, which enjoyed a  median family income of $82,689 in 2000, some 60% higher than the corresponding national figure.

So if your reaction to Elkins' question was, "Does this guy live in a bubble?" The answer is an unqualified "yes."

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The South Shall Sink Again (a chunk of it, anyway)

by: Al Stanley

Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 02:03 AM CDT

In the winter of 1860-61, prior  to Lincoln's inauguration on March 4th, seven states seceded forming the Confederate States of America. They were:

South Carolina (December 20, 1860)
Mississippi (January 9, 1861)
Florida (January 10, 1861)
Alabama (January 11, 1861)
Georgia (January 19, 1861)
Louisiana (January 26, 1861)
Texas (February 1, 1861)

This winter, five governors of the above states have declared that they will not accept economic stimulus funds aimed at increasing unemployment benefits. They are:

Bobby Jindall, Louisiana, February 20, 2009, unemployment rate 5.1%
Bob Riley, Alabama, February 24, 2009, unemployment rate 7.8%
Haley Barbour, Mississippi, February 25, 2009, unemployment rate 8.7%
Mark Sanford, South Carolina, March 11, 2009, unemployment rate) 10.4%
Rick Perry, Texas, March 12, 2009, unemployment rate 7.1%

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Like locking the Titanic's steerage passengers belowdecks while she sank ...

by: Al Stanley

Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 11:53 PM CST

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

Following is the text of a fax I just sent to the office of my Congressman, Michael McCaul:
January 29, 2009

BY FAX: 202-225-5955

Congressman Mike McCaul
United States House of Representatives
131 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC

Dear Congressman McCaul,

As constituents and voters, we are expressing our dissatisfaction with your vote against the economic stimulus package. Making the unanimous Republican vote obviously partisan is the ludicrous proposal by the House Republicans of trying to stimulate the economy with nothing but tax cuts.

Speaking as a business owner and successful investor and as a family who has paid ample local, state and federal taxes, being over-taxed is not the problem. People are losing their jobs. People are losing their investments and their homes. People are losing their capital that in better times might be invested with a certain amount of tax incentive. This is not such a time.

Stop playing partisan games while the country is going down the drain. Your actions and your fellow partisans' actions are outrageous and disgraceful.

Joining me in signing are my wife and son. All of us are registered voters in District 10.
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Help Put "Too Close to Craddick PAC" Out to Pasture

by: Al Stanley

Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 01:46 AM CST

(I still have the napkin on which Al wrote up the contract with Matt and me. I hope you'll consider Al's request and we'll put the Too Close to Craddick PAC to bed, just like we did to Craddick.   - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

Goal ThermometerI started the Too Close to Craddick PAC in December, 2006 to support viable primary challengers to Democrats who supported Tom Craddick's election as speaker in the 80th Legislature.

In the March, 2008 primary, Too Close to Craddick supported three challengers and helped elect one--Armando Walle versus Kevin Bailey in Houston. Our funding of Walle's field campaign resulted in a heavy election-day turnout for Walle, swamping Bailey's lead in early voting.

We raised over $33,000 and $32,000 went to the campaigns. The rest went to BOR and Austin Chronicle ads (for fund-raising) and website development.

Two great Democrats--Karl-Thomas Musselman and Matt Glazer--helped with web development, and I would like to raise about $300 owed to them before closing shop. Our agreement was "subject to the availability of funds," and they've told me not to worry about it, but I am not wired not to worry. And they deserve it.

And I will close shop. Assuming the 72 Democrats now pledged to vote with the House Democratic leadership follow through, I will dissolve Too Close to Craddick. Any surplus funds will go to Paint Texas Blue.

I undertook this effort--supporting challengers to Democrats who voted against their leadership--"more in sorrow than in anger," as the Bard wrote. I will be glad to be done with it, and I hope for a great outcome on January 13th.

Please click here to donate. And thank you for your support.  

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