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Why does Byron Cook want to govern the Episcopal Church?

by: Xpatriated Texan

Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 07:18 AM CST

( - promoted by Matt Glazer)

Three term Republican Byron Cook (House District 8) is trying to amend Texas law to tell the Episcopal Church how to account for its ownership of property.  Namely, he is making it more difficult for the Episcopal Church to govern through its legal Constitution.  One might wonder why a self-described "old Southern Baptist" would be tinkering with the internal order of a church for which he is not even a member.

Since I'm not sure how many readers are familiar with the "larger issue", I'll spell this out after the flip.

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Yes, Internet Polls Mean Nothing...

by: Xpatriated Texan

Thu Oct 18, 2007 at 01:20 PM CDT

Not long ago, Pastor Dan at Street Prophets put up this map:

Which is kind of encouraging and kind of depressing.  It's encouraging because it shows exactly how much of America wants to end Bush's War on American Soldiers Deployed Abroad.  It's depressing because four of the twelve dumbest Congressional districts in the country are apparently located in Texas.

Of course, Tx-19 has Randy Neugebauer to sell us out not-represent us, so our credentials are well-established.

But Blue 19th shows us that all may not be lost.  In a uber-non-scientific internet poll EverythingLubbock.com poll (this includes the news-sites for both KAMC (ABC) and KLBK (CBS) affiliates), a majority of respondants want US troops to come home from Iraq. 

An updated count is 277 (58.32%) for, 198 (41.68%) against.  All of the standard cautions about internet polling apply - probably in triplicate.  And it has to be noted that not enough people have responded to even make it close to being statistically valid even if respondants were randomized.  Still, it is the first polling data I've seen that shows public opinion turning in Tx-19.

It's enough to raise an optimist's expectations just enough to have them crushed.

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The Crumbling Fourth Estate

by: Xpatriated Texan

Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 01:25 PM CDT

Reference: Blue 19th.

One of the foundational liberties enshrined in the Bill of Rights for the US Constitution is freedom of the press.  The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is actively trying to show that building up the press as the Fourth Estate was a mistake.  They aren't the first "newspaper" to fall into the hands of an editorial board with a rabid right-wing agenda - heck, they aren't even the worst offender - but they are, for better or worse, the newspaper of record for the majority of the 19th Congressional District.  With that district holding out as one of the most brain-washed in the country, the Avalanche-Journal is leading the march to hell down a street paved with intentions - but I wouldn't call them "good".

A free press is vital to the discussion of ideas in the public sphere.  But, in order to adequately provoke discussion, the press has to actually, you know, not be whoring itself out to political power.  At least, it shouldn't give them discount rates on Friday nights. 

To put it quite simply, the people of any given area depend to some extent upon the press to provide them with the information they need to adequately exercise oversight of their political leaders.  On this, the A-J fails almost as bad as Texas' school financing.  It's obvious when the editorial does the fall-to-our-knees-and-get-slobbering-busy for the TxGOP.  But even when it isn't obvious, it's still detrimental to democracy.

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Votes for Sale: Randy Neugebauer Opposes College

by: Xpatriated Texan

Tue Sep 25, 2007 at 04:26 PM CDT

x-posted from Blue 19th

I was just poking around and found recent Congressional votes listed on a Lubbock website.  It's enlightening to see exactly how much of a Neaderthal Randy Neugebauer really is.

I'm not a fan of either Kay Bailey Hutchison or John Cornyn - but they both had the common sense and decency to vote "YES" on the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007.  Randy Neugebauer voted against it.  Why would he oppose this measure?

The College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 introduced by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, proposes the largest investment in college education since the 1944 GI Bill, according to the committee's website. If passed, this legislation will help students and families pay for college at no extra cost to U.S. taxpayers.

The legislation provides for almost $20 billion in additional funding over the next five years for college education. The funds would be raised by reductions in federal subsidies to lenders in the education loan industry. The legislation also includes provisions to reduce the federal budget deficit by $750 million.

Here's the inescapable truth of Randy Neugebauer's faux conservatism - it's for sale.  There is no way a true conservative would vote against reducing the federal budget deficit - so claimed both Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.  No "free market" adherent would vote against the reduction of subsidies to industry.  No decent human being would vote against increasing financial aid to poor students who are trying to improve their lives by going to college. 

Where does that leave Randy?  A naked partisan whose vote is literally for sale to the highest bidding PAC.

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Tx-19 Update

by: Xpatriated Texan

Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 03:03 PM CDT

Blue 19th isn't all about Lubbock - we recently found Abilene setting itself up to waste $30,000 on a slogan.  How about "Abilene: We Dumb Enough to Pay for This"?

But since we brought up Lubbock - Randy Neugebauer's constituents want to know why he's so transparently sold-out and doesn't give a damn about them.  Answer: Because he knows the sheeple won't revolt.

While Randy is busy dissing the SCHIP program everyone in Lubbock seems to understand it's a good thing.

Meanwhile, no one in Plainview knows about date rape.  I can't imagine why else they would be printing a fictional account of it in the NEWSpaper - I guess everyone in Plainview has insurance...

In Sweetwater, the big news is that the grand jury indicted nine people - none of which was named Randy Neugebauer, Rick Perry, or George Asshat Bush.  The people of Sweetwater may lay bleeding at home unable to get to the hospital, but, by God, they'll know that you can't evade arrest with a vehicle in Sweetwater!

This is why I say the people of Tx-19 aren't really to blame for the nut-swinger they send to DC.  If your newspaper won't tell you that you are being shafted from a thousand miles away, how can you demand accountability?

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Don't Call It a "Newspaper"

by: Xpatriated Texan

Thu Aug 23, 2007 at 00:49 PM CDT

Cross-posted from Blue 19th - but this is just a teaser
What passes for a newspaper in Lubbock is toeing the Republican line on Iraq - so the next time you pick up the AJ, that funny stain on your fingers is the blood of our soldiers.
WE HAVE grown weary of the endless political posturing, criticism and squabbling regarding the U.S. presence in Iraq. We are about a month away from Gen. David Petraeus' progress report to Congress about Iraq, and it would be nice if the critics could take a break until we hear the analysis from the military expert.

I, personally, have grown weary of partisan hacks pretending like a couple of weeks is going to somehow make a vast difference in what is going on in Iraq. 


The only ones who can't see the facts are the editorial board at the AJ - who apparently have their heads firmly planted inside of the Bush Noise Machine.  Unfortunately, their job is to inform the public, not to misinform them.  So not only are they refusing to do their job, they are also being complicit in the deaths of our brave men and women in uniform.

That's unforgiveable for a politician (are you listening, Randy Neugebauer?).  But it is completely indefensible for a newspaper.

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Human Rights and Immigration

by: Xpatriated Texan

Thu Aug 09, 2007 at 05:57 PM CDT

Blue 19th wonders what could explain the lack of human rights focus in the immigration debate.  It isn't hard to understand.  If you look at illegal workers as human beings then you can't scream, "Box 'em up and ship 'em back home!"

Having spent my youth working alongside undocumented workers, I have tremendous respect for them.  They certainly outworked me in that cottonfield and they maintained a smile on their face more often than not.  The next year, when I was old enough to drive the tractor, I'd always stop and make sure they had a bag of ice in their water can and sometimes slipped a candy bar to one of the younger ones.

But I've been putting some thought into immigration as a political issue, and I think that we are simply talking past each other.  For me, at least, the big problem is the number of honest men and women who risk their life to live in slave conditions.  I have no problem with someone who wants to support their family and work for a living.  I have a problem with someone who wants to look at that person and think, "Ahhhh, I can take advantage of this person - get ready to see higher profits!"

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Blue 19th Nippin' at the Heels

by: Xpatriated Texan

Tue Aug 07, 2007 at 10:14 AM CDT

YellerDog takes on Randy Neugebauer's hard heart.

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Neugebauer Watch - Investing in Terror, Embracing Animal Cruelty

by: Xpatriated Texan

Thu Aug 02, 2007 at 02:41 PM CDT

Blue 19th has three new posts today about Randy Neugebauer's perfidy - and they are doozies.

First, Randy is investing in terrorism.  Sure, he claims that he has no control over his "blind trust".  If it is a trust just for him, though, he can tell his stock manager not to invest in terrorism.  If it's owned through a mutual fund, then he can ask to be transferred into funds that down own those particular stocks.

Or he could use his influence as a member of Congress to push for "terror free investing" across the board.  After all, why should we invest in Iran who will only train militants to kill our soldiers?  Why should we help N. Korea build roads to move their illegal weapons with greater ease?

Second, Randy lives up to his name ("randy") by endorsing every possible chance to kill animals in the most inhumane manner possible.

Finally, Randy lies through his teeth about the farm bill.  But then the only thing Randy knows about farms is that you foreclose on them to build houses.

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Mini-Me Republicans See County Commission as Self-Enriching Proposition

by: Xpatriated Texan

Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 10:06 AM CDT

Lubbock County Commissioners have seen their pay increase by $2000 in the last six years - more than $300 a year.  But Blue 19th tells us that the Republican Commissioners don't consider that to be either "significant" or "enough".  Already getting about 76% above the median county income for a family, the Lubbock GOP is rewarding themselves with a 13% pay raise.

And they are raising taxes to do it.

It would seem that they are following in the steps of the Royal Republican self-enricher Richie Randy Neugebauer

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