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By: Carol Morgan on September 1, 2014 - 5:59pm - Add new comment

Greg Abbott’s long-running game of whack-a-mole continues. The two recent Texas court rulings on HB2 and the constitutionality of educational funding (the ones that Abbott fought against and lost) prove that the Texas GOP, and its 2014 slate of candidates, are on the wrong side of the law.

Perhaps the Texas GOP's new campaign tune should be "I Fought the Law and the Law Won."

By: Carol Morgan on August 30, 2014 - 7:05pm - Add new comment

Poor Greg Abbott! He can’t catch a break these last three days. It’s certainly no bedtime story like Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It's more like a campaign nightmare.

On Thursday, Abbott lost his fight to defend $5.4 billion in education cuts as the Texas school finance system was ruled unconstitutional.

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that HB2 (the law shutting down women’s health clinics) was unconstitutional.

By: Carol Morgan on August 26, 2014 - 3:43pm - Add new comment

It was 94 years ago today that Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This accomplishment didn’t happen overnight. After years of determined effort, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the amendment and introduced it in 1878, but it took forty-one years for Congress to submit the amendment to the states for ratification.

By: Carol Morgan on August 17, 2014 - 12:13pm - Add new comment

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.  

By: Carol Morgan on August 14, 2014 - 4:40pm - Add new comment

For many months now, left-leaning District 19 residents have expressed their displeasure with Congressman Randy Neugebauer and his job performance. Unfortunately, most right-leaning residents pooh-poohed the facts, chalking it up to nothing more than “Libtard” whining.  

By: Carol Morgan on August 3, 2014 - 4:42pm - Add new comment

Feeling as if you’ve been pelted by hailstones this week?

Yeah, me too. Deadly pestilence, plagues, wars, violence and wholesale disorder lurks in every corner of the globe. 18th century anyone?

By: Carol Morgan on July 27, 2014 - 2:57pm - Add new comment

The most fascinating period in American history is the Post-Industrial Age, the evolution of the worker, the emergence of the robber barons, the clash of worldwide ideologies and fervent irrational nationalism that birthed fear, violence, the imprisonment of innocents, and wage slave psychology.

I love reading about that era, but I never dreamed I’d be reliving it.

By: Carol Morgan on July 21, 2014 - 2:30pm - Add new comment

The President’s critics persist in the myth of lax enforcement of immigration policies as the cause of the flood of refugees from the south. It’s a simplistic answer to a complex problem that serves an extreme diabolical purpose.

As is with any social problem, Americans prefer to point fingers and blame. This crisis is no different. We blame the parents of Central America for sending their children away, we blame the President for not enforcing the law, we blame the porousness of our borders, and we blame employers for hiring illegals.

By: Carol Morgan on July 16, 2014 - 6:52pm - Add new comment

Ambivalence: Holding simultaneous and conflicting attitudes and emotions about a certain issue.

The refugee/immigrant/illegal alien issue is NOT an all-or-nothing-support-or-reject-issue. If you're an intelligent and reasonable person, you probably have some mixed feelings about this. Just like other Americans, swaying back and forth in this cognitive tug-of-war, I’ve been vacillating between sympathy and national self-interest for several days.

By: Carol Morgan on July 13, 2014 - 6:49pm - Add new comment

On January 6, 2000, the last thing in the world I wanted was a dog.

After five hyper cocker spaniels and a herd of feral cats, I was finished with the inevitable heartaches that are a predictable part of owning animals.

But it was the day after my son’s 12 birthday and all he’d ever wanted was a dog…and you know how easily we’re persuaded by our children’s tears…So that very day, I was determined that the boy was going to get a dog. Within minutes of perusing the ads for animals, we settled on one: “Free to a good home, female, pug mix.”