Anyone else worn out from these "Hold my beer" challenges between our Lone Star Coupks?
United States Senator holds actor more accountable for swear words than he will ever hold the previous president for insurrection and sedition. https://t.co/5uVmW4bFbW— Rob Trishman Jr. (@RobTmanJr) January 24, 2021
Deciphering Ted Cruz' mask - Senator Cruz is furiously unsatisfied with the black dildo he recently purchased. He has given it a one-star review and left instructions for his Amazon driver to "come and take it." pic.twitter.com/IMapfFl5qw— Thomas M. Atkinson (@thomasmatkinson) January 21, 2021
Abbott tweeted in part "Contrary to what Austin leaders think no one has a right to urinate & defecate wherever they want. Homelessness promoted by Austin has also endangered public safety." https://t.co/ZgrKypjvcu— CBS Austin (@cbsaustin) January 20, 2021
“I’m tired of people pushing me around and talking behind my back.”— Queef Cyclone©️ (@QueefCyclone) January 19, 2021
~ People in wheelchairs, Greg Abbott
NEW: Two months ago, Texas Lt Gov @DanPatrick put out a big cash bounty for proof of voter fraud.— Lauren McGaughy 🌟 (@lmcgaughy) January 22, 2021
Now, one tipster said he can't figure out how to get the reward.
We've repeatedly asked Patrick why. His spokesman called our questions "stupid."https://t.co/YcqXqnEghy #txlege
Paxton is leaving state government in less than two years. One way or another.
Ken Paxton won’t resign, and the Texas House won’t impeach, but TEXAS VOTERS and Joe Jaworski can exit Paxton permanently. The Joe Jaws 2021 Texas Tour is underway. Texas Democratic Clubs: book a date with Joe at joe@JaworskiForTexas.com https://t.co/fDLtBI8s0M— Joe Jaworski (@JaworskiForTX) January 24, 2021
Maybe Texas Republicans will police themselves, but I won't hold my breath. I'd rather see the GOP, here and everywhere, cleave itself in two.
On the lower rungs of Lone Star deplorables:
JUST IN: Texas man who tweeted about assassinating Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on Jan. 6 faces charges in Capitol riot, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. https://t.co/YgD7XI6Tp5— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 23, 2021
Garret Miller of Richardson posted along with his selfies that he "just wanted to incriminate himself a little LOL". Mission accomplished.
The yeoman's work of identifying the Texas insurrectionists came not from police but from local progressive activists, who've been dealing with these knobs in their communities for a long time.
NEW: Court records show Dr. Hasan Gokal took vial from public #COVID19Vaccine site, gave 9 doses to friends and family, including his wife. @KPRC2Joel has latest, @KPRC2 at 4. https://t.co/fka9PpnY2B #hounews pic.twitter.com/yZsTWiIo64— Aaron Fernandez-Wische (@KPRC2Aaron) January 22, 2021
👀👀— Zach Despart🖊️ (@zachdespart) January 25, 2021
“In the number of words usually taken to describe an allegation of retail shoplifting, the State attempts, for the first time, to criminalize a doctor’s documented administration of vaccine doses during a public health emergency,” the judge wrote.https://t.co/mkYxqJ7gxx
"What is it about the pandemic that’s made people toss common sense in exchange for legalism?"
"They’re more focused on the profits than on how to prevent infections and deaths."https://t.co/wIOIhsagT9— Texas Observer (@TexasObserver) January 23, 2021
NO NO NO! New tent facilities to be built in South Texas to house migrants | KTSM 9 News https://t.co/7y25C9bq5E— Jenn Budd ✊🏻 (@BuddJenn) January 22, 2021
Bud Kennedy at the StartleGram reports on the Oathkeepers' ties to Fort Worth-area LEO. Jenna Ryan, the Frisco realtor who demanded a pardon from Trump after her insurrection antics were well-documented on social media, said she rode on that private plane to DC "because of a cute guy". Who got with another girl. Sami Sparber for the San Antone Current wrote about the Texas-based anti-vax org that collected over $100,000 in PPP money last year.
Informed Consent Action Network was among five anti-vaccine groups that collectively received more than $850,000 in federal loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, the Washington Post reported ... The organization received $166,000 in May, according to founder Del Bigtree. [...] The Austin-based nonprofit has more than 43,000 followers on Facebook and regularly posts information questioning the safety of the coronavirus vaccines. Facebook and YouTube penalized Bigtree’s online anti-vaccine talk show last year for violating misinformation policies and downplaying the severity of the pandemic.
Lauren Drewes Daniels for the Observer blogged that Dallas County had sought an equitable vaccine distribution plan, and the state said 'nope'. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and BLM activists continue negotiations on a civilian police accountability board (why these discussions are moving so slowly I leave to your imagination.)
“My thought process is that we’re stagnated,” said Ashton P. Woods of Black Lives Matter Houston.
Woods, along with other community activists, have said they’ve worked for years to see some of the reform policies come into fruition and argues change can begin now.
“Many of the recommendations from this advisory council, much like others, looks like it’s collecting dust on the shelf,” Woods said.
There are positive developments.
Austin's brand new DA, Jose Garza, is bringing charges against police officers who assaulted a black man, via grand juries, after reviewing a case that had been cleared by the police department 2 years ago & ignored by the prior DA. https://t.co/MuA9rJLqKE— Taniel (@Taniel) January 23, 2021
Tricia Cortez at LareDOS took note of Trump's border wall ... hitting the wall.
There was an election over the weekend, and as expected two Republicans go to a runoff for the vacancy in the statehouse. One is a wealthy business owner and one meets the governor's seal of approval. TXElects:
Jacksboro attorney and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller will face Nocona boot manufacturer Craig Carter in a runoff election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster).
The Texas Signal talks about a preliminary effort to create a pipeline of candidates for US attorneys and federal court judges. Better late than never, I suppose. This is a microcosm of the Donkey Party's ineptitude in one glance: a total failure to understand or wield power. Why did DC Senate Democrats go into hibernation when Obama was president, failing to force a single judicial confirmation until Harry Reid finally sucked it up and eliminated the filibuster for those? Why couldn't they figure out a way to stop Moscow Mitch from confirming a third of the Supreme Court and a fourth of the entire federal judiciary -- nominated by an impeached president -- over the past four years? And for the past week, McConnell has again taught a master class in obstructionism even as Majority Leader Schumer extends his hand of cooperation and draws back a bloody stump?
To bring this point back home: how does the Texas Democratic Party have a Latino chairman for the past 8 years and lose counties in the RGV to Trump?!?
Something is deeply wrong, and it can't all be the fault of the worst Republicans in the country. Maybe TexDems can just wait until, you know, demographics turn the tide for them.
Less than 10% of Texas voters are now rural. Over half are suburban and 40%+ are urban. https://t.co/pLR6Eg6aR3— Donny Ferguson (@DonnyFerguson) January 20, 2021
See, by the time this saves their hides, the Gulf will be lapping at the state Capitol's south steps.
Here's a business news update.
This would be another mega-factory for Austin — 10 times more expensive than what Tesla is touting. https://t.co/pdw5l4DnJQ— AustinBizJournal (@MyABJ) January 22, 2021
As alternative fuels rise, carbon-based energy sources fall.
"Hollub had followed the oil patch rules—looked on the bright side, bet on the come—and entangled herself in one of the biggest, boldest, no-good, very-bad oil field dramas in decades.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) January 24, 2021
Even worse, she was the star." https://t.co/UtdfqiJZTf
That doesn't stop Mr. Tesla from fighting for the right to drill for natgas near his launching pads in Boca Chica.
More snark, in keeping with this blog's motto (at the top, in case you forgot):
I'll call this next segment "end of an era".
Jeff Balke for the Houston Press sadly (at least for this blogger) detailed four things we will miss with the departure of George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays. And former Rockets owner and automobile titan Charlie Thomas passed away from COVID.
I have a handful of Texas music links.
How do you get from San Antonio's Chicano soul groups of the 60s to Selena, La Mafia, Shelly Lares and the 90s Tejano boom? Manny Guerra is one answer.— Cat Cardenas (@catrcardenas) January 22, 2021
Learn about the legendary producer in my latest for @TexasMonthly's Texans You Should Know series. https://t.co/2HEIVavIeA
Socratic Gadfly has Janis Joplin singing a Mercedes-based river for Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. The Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences in Lubbock
And I'll wrap it today with these.
Lauren Hough tears apart an essay from a Californian who moved to "Austin" with absolutely no sense of geography, reality, or self-awareness.
Here’s what you can see at Houston’s Sundance Film Fest https://t.co/sirjB6u75q— Matt Schwartz (@SchwartzChron) January 21, 2021
On Jan. 23, 1971, a Houston disc jockey climbed the Astroneedle at Astroworld and stayed there for ten days to bring POWs home from Vietnam. https://t.co/yLacnQJEJQ— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) January 24, 2021
A view of the San Jacinto Monument from above. This is a still image from a pretty neat video of the Battleship Texas and the monument. You can really get a sense for how the ship and the monument are oriented etc... View the video here:https://t.co/PY0fmm3hFi pic.twitter.com/QnoK2GlRmo— Traces of Texas (@TracesofTexas) January 25, 2021