Sunday, May 29, 2022

Texas, Our Texas Gun Nuts

Inside any random MAGA household:
And through the generations, Texas Republicans understood ...
... and so did Texas Democrats (not Henry Cuellar, though).

Tipping Point Funnies

Wednesday, May 25, 2022


Not feeling like blogging election results today.  Later perhaps, after the blood gets mopped up and the kids who can only be identified by comparing DNA with their parents' -- because their bodies were so ripped apart by bullets that they are unrecognizable -- are mourned, buried, and mourned again.

In the meanwhile I need to do some ripping myself.  Or at least post the rips of others.

On the other hand, maybe I should just let the assholes speak for themselves.

It never fails to amaze me how a supreme deity with -- allegedly -- the power to have prevented these tragedies should be the one summoned to comfort the grieving.  The Gawd these people worship is not supposed to be an idle bystander, nor for that matter an observer with some unquantifiable and apparently variable degree of empathy.

Here in reality, They is those things.  In Jesusland, Dey 'pose to be something bigger and stronger than that.  This inability to live in Factghanistan is a massive piece of our collective problem, as a species and a culture.  What should we do about that?

I know what we should do; what we will be doing is precisely the same thing our elected officials have done, are doing, and will do about the gun carnage in this nation.

Absofuckinglutely nothing.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Texas Election Season's End of the Beginning Wrangle

It's almost over.

Keeping fingers crossed, but not holding my breath, that TX-28 Democrats are smart enough to take out the trash tomorrow.

Heat hot (caliente) and spicy hot (picante) too.  Yeah.  More on the rising outdoor temperatures in the environmental round-up, below.

Yes she is, and the orchestra's conductor is Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project, still holding the ignominious title of the state's most flea-bitten Blue Dog.  Thanks for calling him out, Texas Signal staff, but next time put somebody's name on it and his name in it.  Be bold, be brave. This shit isn't going to stop on its own, and none of us have time to wait for these centrist shitlibs to die off.

We're all enjoying a nice respite from the heat at the moment, but nobody should overlook the fact that this might be one of the hottest summers on record.  And maybe the coolest for years to come.

The TexTrib's crew is doing much of the heavy lifting in today's Wrangle.  Also providing the segue between the climate tweets and the social injustice ones.

It wasn't all social injustice last week, though it may have seemed so.

Here's the rest of the calm-me-downs (and two crack-me-ups).

Friday, May 20, 2022

Mudslinging and Shitstirring Wrangle

Hard to delineate, but we'll classify K-Pax and Pee Bush in the first.  If you've had your teevee on this week, you've probably noticed.

TexDems didn't want to be left out.

Some people would rather focus on the policy failures.

Well and good for them, but if you read this piece from Svitek regarding Paxton's acolytes, the one thing you should take away is that reasoning, logic, and facts are impermeable.

And if you're still under the impression that the Democrats are different, or better ...

Voting harder, red or blue, isn't going to change any of this.  But hey, if that's still your jam, go on with your bad self.  I'll even grant that there are some Dems worth giving a chance, inside and outside the Great State.  Here's a few.

But there's many reasons why the list is short, and why Beto O'Rourke is not on it.

And you can meet her this Saturday in H-Town and see for yourself why she's the best choice for governor in November.

Lots more later, maybe tomorrow but more likely Monday.  Here's a few soothers.

I worked with Big Daddy Horridge at Lexus of Clear Lake from '99 to '02 ( I was the F&I guy; he was the top salesman).  He was just as animated and hilarious in real life as we was on the sidelines in the Dome.  Condolences to his loved ones.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Another Election Wrangle

Tuesday is the busiest election day of the year so far, as five states -- Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania -- hold their 2022 primaries. And for the GOP, it will be another test of whether to move on from former President Donald Trump. Coming off Nebraska last week -- his first loss of the year -- Trump has endorsed candidates in seven major primaries on Tuesday, which should give us a clearer answer as to his power in the party. And even in races where Trump has no skin in the game, Republicans are considering nominating someone in his incendiary, illiberal mold -- which could make it harder for the GOP to pick up seats in November.

Then there's us.

Early voting for the May 24 runoff election (began yesterday) and runs through Friday.

State candidates’ runoff campaign finance reports are due tomorrow and likely will become available online Tuesday. These reports disclose contributions received and expenditures made between February 10 and May 14.

Gov. Greg Abbott leads Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke 46%-39% according to a new Dallas Morning News/UT-Tyler poll.

Abbott leads among White voters 58%-30%, and among men 52%-34% (not printed but calculated from other population results). O’Rourke leads among Black voters 59%-16%; Hispanic/Latino voters 46%-36%; and women 44%-40%. Abbott leads O’Rourke among independents, 38%-31% (calculated from other population results, although the crosstabs indicate his lead among independents is 16%-6%, almost certainly a misprint).

Turning to the May 24 runoffs, Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton leads Land Comm. George P. Bush 41%-35% with a quarter of primary voters undecided. Paxton’s lead is larger among “certain” voters, 46%-31%.

More on the poll from Bob Garrett of the DMN...

... and HK at QR.

And more on the intraparty infighting.


And some grist for the mill.

If it wasn't clear before, El Patron really doesn't like Col. Kim.  This isn't the party unity winning election cycles are made of.

Not talking about Texas Democrats any more today.  This weekend in Houston you have an opportunity to meet Delilah Barrios, the Green running for Texas governor (the one Kuffner can't name in the DMN poll with the fucked-up numbers... which "ain't bad" for Beto LOL).

We made it through the weekend without any rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages, but it wasn't because we raised our indoor temps, if the comments here are to be believed.

Governor Helen Wheels' luck is holding.  Or maybe it's his messaging.

It helps when your base is stuck on stupid.

And I think I'll dispense with blogging about Texas Republicans for the day after this last bit from our greater senatorial evil.

Let me open the social justice news with a couple of environmental justice items.

And close with the calm-me-downs.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Wrong Track Wrangle from Far Left Texas

Gosh, I wonder if some truth is finally sinking in.

It's a good thing that Texas Democrats are poised to take advantage.

Uh oh.  Well, they've got a bit less than six months to figure it out and get back on track (the right track, or the left track, or even the centrist track, whichever you prefer to call it).  Maybe I should emphasize some of the worst-behaving Texas Republicans over the past week or so.

I guess that's my segue to the latest climate updates.

And here's my hodgepodge of social justice news.

The Texas Observer has a new editor-in-chief.

And the rest of my soothers for your weekend perusal.