Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cindy Hughes Zerwas 1955-2013

Cindy Zerwas, wife of state Rep. John Zerwas, of Simonton, died Tuesday of brain cancer.

"My wife Cindy passed away at home this morning, following a courageous fight against brain cancer," the Republican lawmaker from Fort Bend County said in a statement. "Cindy was surrounded by myself and our children and grandchildren at the time of her passing.

"My family and I would like to express our deep appreciation for the continued thoughts and prayers of our friends within the community, throughout Texas, and beyond."

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Boulevard in Sugar Land.

John Zerwas is one of the very few Republicans in the state legislature who understands the need to expand Medicaid to the poorest and least-insured in Texas. I met with his staffers in the spring and they made it obvious that they knew something needed to be done, but that the extremists in their party weren't going to allow it to happen.

Try to imagine losing a loved one to cancer AND being saddled with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt that will never be paid off in your lifetime. (It's no better being bankrupted by co-pays and deductibles when you have insurance, either.)

I'm glad that Zerwas has empathy for those Texans of lesser means going through similar circumstances to what he has endured, and I hope others with less empathy can be persuaded by his valiant example.

Peace and strength to the Zerwas family at this time of loss.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

If his mother had a C-section, then he isn't natural born

And it doesn't matter whether his head hit the dirt in Canada, Cuba, the United States, or in outer space.  That ain't "natural".

The Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, said in a statement. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. Senator, I believe I should be only an American.”

And if he doesn't renounce Satan, then it don't matter what the "boarders" of the country were.

(I'm finally understanding why this birther BS is so much fun.)

Calgary Carnival Poop Cruz, real name Teodoro Rafael Osama Adolf Fidel Jose Tom, has some 'splainin' to do. We better get Donald Trump and Orly Taitz on the case.

And I want to see his college transcripts, too.

Update: Nice try, Rafael Edward.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Weekly Wrangle

The Texas Progressive Alliance is also wondering... it brings you this week's roundup.

Off the Kuff is there with the early news that Sen. Wendy Davis is leaning toward the governor's race next year.

Despairing about the sorry state of Houston's mayoral contest, PDiddie at Brains and Eggs seems to be suggesting a vote for Nobody. But not if Nobody is a Dick.

Horwitz at Texpatriate notes that paybacks are hell as a special prosecutor is appointed against Rick Perry to investigate coercion and abuse of office complaints.

Rick Perlstein reminds us that the right wing is playing the long con. WCNews at Eye on Williamson has the details in There is nothing new under the wingnut sun.

Neil at All People Have Value wrote that he is donating 25 cents to Amnesty International for every negative attack e-mail he gets from the Ben Hall and Annise Parker campaigns for mayor of Houston. Neil, who previously wrote Texas Liberal, now has the website All People Have Value can be found at

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme sees Rick Perry hurting Texas children once again. Perry wants to privatize public education.


And here are some posts of interest from other Texas blogs.

Better Texas examines the effects of the 2011 budget cuts to family planning.

Greg Wythe looks at the national backlash against standardized testing.

New Media Texas breaks out the wrestling analogies for the Houston mayor's race.

The TSTA Blog discusses the changes made to the process for approving charter schools.

Texas Vox points out the double standards in Texas' water laws.

Texas Water Solutions analyzes the Legislature's plans for water infrastructure.

Grits for Breakfast reports on another Texas official making taxpayers fund an extravagant security detail for himself.

Letters From Texas eagerly awaits the prospect of Rush Limbaugh moderating a GOP presidential debate.

BOR reports on racial disparities in drug arrests in East Texas.

Concerned Citizens condemns the homophobic remarks made by a San Antonio city council member and some of her staff while discussing that city's proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

Egberto Willies interviewed 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein, but remains skeptical of third parties' influence on the American political system.

TXSharon at BlueDaze notes that a Texas Railroad Commission employee who blew the whistle on his supervisor was fired and now he's suing the state.

Lastly, attorney Paul Kennedy reviews Rise of the Warrior Cop, a new book about the militarization of America's police forces.

Wheelchair Ken

Turnabout is fair play, amirite?

If things were really going to get evened up, however, "Crippled Ken" would be the hashtag. And Senator Davis should not be thanking me for my support, either. (I'm positive she's smart enough not to do that.)

Let's not get bunched up over who's being more insensitive or politically incorrect either, shall we?

Among other things, Barbie taught compassion to my friends and me. When our dolls' bendable knee joints gave out, they were not thrown away but treated as physically challenged Barbies, whereupon we made make-shift wheelchairs for them. When Ken's arm was chewed off by the dog, we tried to convince our Barbies they should see beyond his disability.

Look what I found on e-Bay.

So -- again -- this isn't my creation. This isn't the invention of a sick mind. This is historical fact: Barbie had a friend in a wheelchair but not a blind one; certainly no mention of one that had a mental disability or with obvious opinions on women's reproductive freedoms (despite what you may infer).

That's obviously a contrivance intended to belittle.

Greg Abbott's got a real problem on his hands to start the week, and I don't think he can safely ignore it. It looks as if he has pushed himself right out of the frying pan and into the fire, and he may need a couple of his right-wing pals to get ahold of his chair and pull him out. He absolutely possesses the requisite conservative hypocrisy immunity gene, but even he is smart enough to see that this road he is rolling down is a less-traveled one for a reason.

It's not like he's the second coming of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, after all.

Update: This is not sufficient. Abbott must renounce the slur... or else continue to own it.

Update II: I learned a new word today.