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There is no such thing as a bloodless revolution. Power is brutal and unrelenting. Those in power do not give it up easily or willingly. It must be ripped from them. Even a cursory view of events in Egypt demonstrate this handily.
When or if you hear people talk about an orderly transition of power, blah, blah, blah…make no mistake—people and faces may have changed or transitioned but the real power is still in the same hands behind the scenes—like it is here in this country. Power does not transition. Power may be taken, robbed, stolen but it is not given—handed over willingly. That is the history of humanity.
So the response to the rhetorical question posed by the subtitle is; power, of course. There is power in enforcing Texas Red’s right-wing slave state legacy through limiting the rights of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans at the voting place—even if it is only the appearance of power. There are different pecking orders even in this three dimensional make believe world. In Engelbrecht’s world Blacks and Mexicans have no power, no rights and no place unless it’s doing anything she doesn’t want to do for herself, e.g. landscaping, construction and etc.
Given the egregiously oppressive history of racism, bigotry and denial of rights in Texas Red this is almost to be expected.
King Street Patriots: right-wing enforcers of Texas Red’s slave state legacy—shades of Jim Crow
The Queen of King Street
What do Catherine Engelbrecht and her notorious Houston “patriots” really want?
no one can own the beach because we the people all own the beach.
gratuitious? hardly. this is so “not abbott.” you have to be thinking okay how much does he think he got screwed out of? otherwise there wouldn’t be a peep.
as for the state supremes sons-of-bitches (and I mean that in all of its majestic and historic splendor a la—sam rayburn and lbj contempt) what a bunch of lapdogs. And these are the whiny little bitches that would be whining away about judges who do this—calling them “activists.” give me a break.
and our tax dollars pay these bastards?
The Texas Supreme Court: Judicial Activists?
In gutting the Open Beaches Act, Attorney General Greg Abbott all but accuses the court of judicial activism
Trial begins for minuteman murder of immigrant family- As we demand justice for Flores, groups move to protect this hate crime..
The murder of Brisenia and Raul Flores has shocked a community and the details are now emerging that tell of a crime motivated by hate, racism. A crime that becomes part of a “documented uptick of violent attacks, murders and crimes fueled by anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiment” fomented by extremist AZ groups and the politicians who encourage it. Now it seems that once again they try to twist it – to protect the crime and minimize it’s motivation. It is time we expose these individuals and their heinous crimes for what they are — Axel Caballero
Why should this matter in Texas Red? Because this is what looms in our future. With the present construct of the 82nd Legislature count on it.
Protests continue in Egypt, fighting in Tunisia and along the Cambodian-Thailand border while here at home people disconnected from reality are more interested in the super bowl and whether or not some singer got all the lines right to the “national anthem.”
Never mind the mounting national and state debts, the vicious racism of the still burgeoning prison-industrial complex and the manipulation of our entire collective by warmongers.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…
The first day of school always comes with some level of trepidation. Will my classmates like me? Will my teacher be nice? Will administrators discover that I’m an illegal alien trying to infiltrate the school system in order to indoctrinate my fellow kindergartners into radical Islamist fundamentalism?
You’ve no doubt heard a lot about Texas’ $27 billion budget shortfall. And you may have read about Gov. Rick Perry’s attempts to distract everyone by declaring
eminent domain, sanctuary cities and voter fraud as “emergency” issues for the Texas Legislature’s 82nd session. What should really worry you are the issues you haven’t heard about. In a saner world, Perry would have put forward the real emergency item—insurance reform.
shades of the corruption that took place in california not that many years ago. it’s all staged.
these are the same clowns who sing the praises of the “free market.” what free market?
educate yourself do some reading. i suggest “good capitalism, bad capitalism,” “conscience of a liberal” “13 bankers” among others.
you’ll see that “free market” is goper-ese or oligarch-ese for “let us rob you blind.”
From Blackout Profits to Education Cuts
Day 25 of the 82nd Texas Legislature
Texas seems to be short on a few things these days—namely warmth, electricity and money. Yesterday was day two of public testimonials on proposed budget cuts for health and human services. Despite rolling blackouts and ungodly weather (for Texas), almost 200 turned up to beg the Senate Finance Committee to find some alternative to cutting the programs they rely on. Upstairs, the Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved SB 18 that would amend eminent domain law. And, where was Gov. Rick Perry? He was enjoying some warmer climes at a celebration for Ronald Reagan’s birthday in California—a move Texas Democrats are crying about. The Senate Finance Committee begins public hearings on Education budget cuts Monday. Until then, both the Senate and House are adjourned for the weekend, so stay home, stay safe and stay warm.
Some Companies Made Millions Off the Texas Blackouts
There are still more questions than answers but this much is clear: At best, some power generators around the state raked in oodles of money thanks to the way ERCOT has structured the energy market. At worst, some may have manipulated the market to drive up prices.
Report: GOP to back off redefining rape in abortion bill
Study finds jump in immigration prosecutions
Texas Watchdog: Harris County officials find no evidence of voter intimidation…
In 5-Year Effort, Scant Evidence of Voter Fraud
Identifying the Real Voter ID Debate
For the politicians, anyway, this has everything to do with political advantage. In any electoral calculus, voter ID bills are perceived to be bad for Democrats and good for Republicans. That’s because if such bills suppress voters in any communities, they’re most likely to suppress minorities and low-income voters. “Study after study shows that photo identification laws have a negative impact on minority voters,” said Luis Figueroa, the staff attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He cited a study from the Brennan Center that showed one-quarter of black voters lacked an acceptable ID, compared with only eight percent of white voters.
Texas’ law “will be the most restrictive voter identification law in the nation,” he said.
It will almost undoubtedly pass. And if Democratic suspicions are right, it’ll leave Republicans with an added edge in future elections. As if they needed it.
Jim Crow lives on in Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay
Voter ID: The Indiana-Georgia Connection
Not so with Fraser’s Senate Bill 14. This year’s version of voter ID is modeled after an Indiana bill and takes a more stringent approach to the policy. Under the new bill, voters would have to have some form of photo identification—no alternatives. Like Indiana’s law, Fraser’s bill does make procuring a driver’s license or other state ID free. (Neither version allows for an affidavit to substitute for an actual ID.)
Voter ID: Failed Last Stand?
The current voter ID bill is one of the most conservative versions in the country. If this debate is any indication, soon Texas will hold the “most conservative” title in quite a few policy areas.
Wait till these clowns learn about requiring the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west…..
Texas lawmakers pass voter identification bill in Senate
The Push for Voter ID
the American Independent? Independent of what? Reason?, Reality?
Voter ID articles
Gov. Perry Fast Tracks Sonogram Bill for Emergency Legislation
Texas budget cuts pack a wallop for students, elderly, and the ill
Either way, Farias says the outcome won’t be positive. “They are putting on a show because they are talking about balancing the budget without raising taxes and without touching the Rainy Day Fund.” Farias says he questions the possibility that the shortfall numbers will be reduced, and by how much. “[Those within] the Republican leadership are the ones that say those numbers will change, and we’ve heard that before. We’ve heard this shortfall would be $11 billion, then one time we heard $18 billion, then $15, then $20 and finally that it would be closer to $25 billion. It came in at over $27 billion,” he said.
So, will more money be found, or will revenue projections be raised to help lessen the impact the cuts will have on Bexar County — and Texas families?
The Eyes of Texas are Upon You
From Republican Latinos to Senate Candidates
Forget the usual slow-moving first few weeks of the legislative session. After marathon debates, late-night sessions and predictably passing voter ID this week, the Texas Senate is getting down to budget business starting Monday.
A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
On the Border
Profiles in Courage
Slavery by Another Name
Illusions of Justice
The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990
“However, James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen offer a more complex thesis. In their book, The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990, they argue that Texas’ execution rate reflects the Southern “cultural tradition of exclusion,” and that “[s]uch exclusion was a basic element of the legacy of slavery.”
George Carlin describing facts about this plutocracy/Oligarchy
a government money can buy lock, stock and barrel….
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Bill Moyers Essay: The Health Care Lobby
Texas Groups Oppose new GEO Group Immigration Detention Center
Civil Rights Groups Call on Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Karnes County to Reject Private Detention Center
Bill Moyer’s Journal – Rising Inequality in America – Part 1