Sunday, May 31, 2015

How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America

Shop, get the cheapest gasoline price, get glasses, bank, find fast food, sell or give away a kitten or puppy, in rural America there's Wal-Mart. In many towns of a certain size, they may be the only game in town. For the most part, in rural America, the charming hardware store, the small grocer, and many niche stores are just a memory.



How Wal-Mart Became the Town Square in Rural America

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Legislature Is Hoarding $18 Billion of Your Money

Texas, I live here.  Some of my family ancestors, the last to get here, came well back in the 1800's. All of the others likely were here much earlier. The Texas Legislature is hording money, Texan's money, our money. Yes, and to top that, from, "The Rainy Day Fund." We've had a fifty, maybe a one hundred year flood, a real deluge, just this spring, it's still in the news, so why are they hording this fund? Infrastructure, rebuilding, we could use some of that. Roads, waterways, schools: Have there ever been more rainy days in your memory in Texas, in a short time span than in the last six weeks? Maybe they should have nick-named it something else. The Economic Stabilization Fund is the real name and there's $18 billion dollars in it. Some is needed for infrastructure, some is needed to help Texas families, and some to jump start, again, the Texas economy. How about a special session Gregg, Governor Abbott, sir, to help Texans? 



The Legislature Is Hoarding $18 Billion of Your Money

Juanita Jean's | Well, This Happened

I heard Tom Delay and Dennis Hastert just liked helping other people. Maybe I'm wrong. I'm not sure after this.



Juanita Jean's | Well, This Happened

Fifth Circuit panel declines to lift immigration executive order injunction – Off the Kuff

This was to be expected. It's likely the that the Fifth Circuit was chosen for this type of legal challenge.  It could have been filed in several other jurisdictions. This circuit was thought to produce a more pleasing outcome by the folks that filled the injunction.

Fifth Circuit panel declines to lift immigration executive order injunction – Off the Kuff

The fallout from the chubfest – Off the Kuff

At the capital, it's guns, ethics, combined with crunch time in the Texas Legislature. Campus carry and open carry by permit holders are still being debated by the legislature. Both bills have survived so far but slightly different versions by the Texas House and Texas Senate necessitate compromise by someone. Ethics legislation which is unfinished could be taken up by a special session.

fallout from the chubfest – Off the Kuff

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

5 Points On How 'One Person, One Vote' Is Suddenly In Jeopardy

When conservatives challenge voting, the way redistricting is done, or in this case, "One person one vote," what is going on? Redistricting is traditionally done after each U.S. Census. The U.S. Census, reliable total population numbers, are now used to draw voting districts. This challenge, if successful, could change what voting districts are based upon. What would Republicans replace the U.S. Census population numbers with? It would likely be the metric which could strengthen Republican districts significantly and weakened Democratic leaning ones the most.


5 Points On How 'One Person, One Vote' Is Suddenly In Jeopardy

The Tired Old “Both Sides Getting More Extreme” Meme

While catching up on national politics and posting some links today I found this post by Ed Kilgore, writing for The Washington Monthly, Political Animal blog.

The Tired Old “Both Sides Getting More Extreme” Meme

SCOTUS to hear Texas “one person one vote” challenge – Off the Kuff

Here's more on the, "One person one vote," challenge from, Charles Kuffner's, Off the Kuff  blog, with links to background information on the challenge.





SCOTUS to hear Texas “one person one vote” challenge – Off the Kuff

The State of Texas: May 27, 2015

Important Texas news of the day.
The State of Texas: May 27, 2015

Supreme Court Agrees to Settle Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’

What does, "One person one vote," mean? If you thought this was settled long ago by precedent and case law you would have mostly been correct until The Supreme Court scooped up this case.

Supreme Court Agrees to Settle Meaning of ‘One Person One Vote’

Texas's Reckless, Expensive Lack of Flood Infrastructure

From historic drought, to more water than bayous, creeks, dams, lakes, rivers and cities can handle has been the big Texas story in recent days. Some of the current devastation could with have been prevented though if Texas had a better record of flood planning and built infrastructure for rapidly growing areas of the state. "Texas has done little to secure its food plains," since the last torrential rains of this sort, in May of 1981.

Texas's Reckless, Expensive Lack of Flood Infrastructure

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Iraq: The War Card | BillMoyers.com

The lead up to the Iraq war has been in the news lately. Here is a link to some background about how the George W. Bush Administration took us there.

Iraq: The War Card | BillMoyers.com

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Left turn in Canada's oil-rich Alberta leaves investors reeling

Here's more on breaking Alberta, Canada, political news, from Reuters.

Left turn in Canada's oil-rich Alberta leaves investors reeling

Canada's Most Conservative Province Elects Leftist Party

The Associated Press is reporting that Alberta, considered Canada's most conservative province has had a change in the balance of power. Conservatives have been taken by surprise by a landslide loss.  The new left-of-center government is very likely going to be much more environment friendly.



Canada's Most Conservative Province Elects Leftist Party

Fiery Scene After Train Derails in North Dakota

The fifth oil train, just this year in the U.S., derails May 6th 2015, in a fiery crash in North Dakota. The the dramatic picture is by Curt Benson and the story is by Enjoli Francis writing for A.B.C. News.




Fiery Scene After Train Derails in North Dakota

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Little Law School That Could

Here's a great idea. Advanced studies in all fields are increasingly costing more. Passing the Texas Bar Exam might not have to cost a fortune for some aspiring lawyers anymore. Recommended reading. K.D.F. 
The Little Law School That Could

Monday, April 27, 2015

Death Toll From Nepal Quake Tops 4,000

The worst earthquake in at least eighty years in Nepal, continues to have a rising death toll.


Death Toll From Nepal Quake Tops 4,000

Nobody Said That

Paul Krugman writes about the lack of responsibility of just a few of the very wrong predictions of, "So called Republican experts," on The Affordable Care Act. So what about all of the other wrong predictions? I would imagine they are too numerous to name and write about in one column. Updated.




Nobody Said That

Monday, April 13, 2015

Obama reminds McCain how foreign policy works

Republicans failing to win elections against President Obama have resorted to not only trying to sabotage domestic policy but have also, jumped in, in the area of foreign policy, as well.
Obama reminds McCain how foreign policy works

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Week Full of Texas Political Scandal

When a Texas politician is for privatizing a state function or service look out.  Scandals are common as their friends and contributors usually have a place where that money can go.



A Week Full of Texas Political Scandal

Thursday, April 2, 2015

What I’ve Learned

Paul Burka has written about his forty years of writing political stories, articles, and opinions about Texas politics. Recommended reading. K.D.F.

What I’ve Learned

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous

Gabrielle Glaser writing for The Atlantic delves into issues surrounding Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholics Anonymous is the most well known accepted, treatment / support group / 12 step program for alcohol overuse, abuse, and many of the issues which come with excessive alcohol consumption in the United States. Courts assign A.A. attendance as one of the conditions of probation rather than jail time for some traffic accidents or traffic violations or in lieu of possible criminal penalties which could involve jail time.

The Bad Science of Alcoholics Anonymous