For the first time in almost a year, I feel safe. I have a sense of relief; a reason to hope and to anticipate grand possibilities for the future. It’s the same unexplainable emotion I felt on President Obama’s inauguration day; a feeling of serenity and trust.
The first installment in the AJ’s series on civic responsibility was disappointing and shamefully skewed to right-sided thinking. If you want to encourage the citizenry to show more civic duty, first of all, you must define what civic responsibility entails. And then of course, you need to ferret out the real reasons why people fail to participate in it.
Well…they did it. They finally did it.
On Saturday, two gun rights expansion bills received preliminary approval in the Texas House. House Bill 972 will permit concealed handgun license holders who are 21 or older to carry weapons on the campuses of Texas’ colleges and universities. The bill is required to pass another time, before it goes up before the Senate.
There’s just not enough fremschaden to go around lately.
The recent embarrassing, boorish and duplicitous behavior reminds me of a quote from Jonathan Swift.
"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign; that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
The dunces are out in force.
Back in August, Judge Tom Head of Lubbock garnered national attention by his claim that the election of President Obama would result in civil unrest, civil war and an invasion of tanks from the United Nations into Lubbock, Texas.
It’s five days after the Presidential elections and I don’t see any tanks anywhere.
Here lately, the Right hasn't exactly been lying; just counting on the public’s ignorance of the facts.
Case in point: I received Congressman Neugebauer’s newsletter earlier this week. It was the typical Conservative swag-line—freedom, freedoms, liberty, under God, yada, yada, but the last paragraph was a real red flag.
Anytime an ethically-challenged politician reaps some well-deserved karmic rewards, it makes me pretty happy. The news of Rick Perry’s two felony indictments made me giddy with excitement, along with a bit of schadenfreude.
“Putting down” a human being in the same manner as an animal is abhorrent to me. The death penalty seems pointless. It doesn’t deter crime. It doesn’t rehabilitate the offender. It doesn’t bring back the dead. It doesn’t bring closure to either family.
So, what, exactly, is its purpose?