Thursday, September 3, 2015

Have You No Sense of Decency?

There is no need to pose the question, "Have you have no sense of decency, sir."  Ted Cruz is lacking in that department. Ted Cruz's assertions about the Obama administration concerning police shootings are bald face lies.

Demagogue: a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises to gain power.

Have You No Sense of Decency?

The Brief: Sept. 3, 2015, by Eleanor Dearman and John Reynolds

Rick Perry's faltering Presidential campaign tops Texas news today. With no paid staff left in New Hampshire one gets the impression that Perry is just hanging on for that last chance at the next debate and hoping he won't be the first to drop from the field. Other top Texas news is below the Perry story.
The Brief: Sept. 3, 2015, by Eleanor Dearman and John Reynolds

How staying private paid off for the Economist

In this world making making a quick buck. is something a lot of people are looking to do. The Economist and some other long privately held companies have a much long view and that makes them even more valuable.


How staying private paid off for the Economist

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Texas Reports Some of the Highest Graduation Rates in the Country. Are the Numbers Lying?

 The tracking of students when they check out of schools causes some problems in getting more accurate actual graduation rates. Some students claim to be transferring, then, don't enroll in the next school. The last school they were enrolled in takes a hit on it's graduation results if these students don't enroll.  Some parents claiming to be moving their children to home school follow through. Some don't. Others, do, home school for a while and then stop home schooling. These circumstances cause confusion about graduation rates. Of course many follow through and transfer to the next school and many do start and follow through on home schooling.
Texas Reports Some of the Highest Graduation Rates in the Country. Are the Numbers Lying?

Monday, August 31, 2015

The End of Silly Season is in Sight

With Fall just over the horizon, the silly season in politics may finally departing along with the temperatures of Summer.

The End of Silly Season is in Sight

Texas teen dies of rare brain-eating amoeba infection

South East Texas 70 miles North of Houston, there's a lake. A teen has died of a rare-brain-eating amoeba infection from swimming in the unnamed body of water. As far as I can tell this story is being kept under wraps as no more information is available.
Texas teen dies of rare brain-eating amoeba infection

Bernie Sanders: 'Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world'

Bernie Sanders, is expanding his talking points to international affairs. Entering the campaign for President with the theme of income inequality as his major issue, Senator Sander is beginning to expand his topics. 

Bernie Sanders: 'Saudi Arabia has the third-largest military budget in the entire world'

Friday, August 21, 2015

Inside the GOP Clown Car

When you get time, or right now, from Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi's, "Inside the GOP Clown Car."

Inside the GOP Clown Car

Oil Ends Down More Than 2% as U.S. Drilling Points to Glut



Reuters is reporting, which is not a surprise, that oil is trading at the lowest price since 2009. This is more of a supply /demand issue than anything else in my opinion. Market demand is weaker due to a slowing Chinese economy and high production levels in most oil producing areas of the world. The U.S. stock market closed today with a correction of about 3% which does concern investors. Consumers on the other hand, may have more to spend in the U.S. economy with gasoline possibly headed toward the $2.00 per gallon range for the Fall.



Oil Ends Down More Than 2% as U.S. Drilling Points to Glut

Collier: Half-Truths and a Rotten Tax Deal

Tax breaks for the largest companies / corporations which do business in Texas but have investors from all over the world was the priority of Texas' Republican dominated legislature this year. Reduction in sales taxes or paying down the state debt wasn't seriously considered.
Collier: Half-Truths and a Rotten Tax Deal

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Texas Clerk Gets The Bill For Her 'Religious Freedom' Claim

Ken Paxton Re-Indicted in Collin County

Ken Paxton, Texas' Attorney General is indicted again. 

Ken Paxton Re-Indicted in Collin County

Rubio hits kid with football, becomes meme

Darrel Royal, University of Texas at Austin, head football of renown, had a famous quote about passing a football. It went like this, "When you pass a football, three things can happen and two are bad." The kid is O.K. Since it's the silly season in politics, "Rubio hits kid with football," is now news.



Rubio hits kid with football, becomes meme

Miller Spokesman: No Apologies for Atomic Facebook Post, by Jim Malewitz

A Sid Miller special assistant said that the post was made by an unpaid staffer not employed by the state. (The post was made at five o'clock on Sunday afternoon on Miller's official Facebook page.)

If we are to believe that, my question is, "What the hell are you thinking Sid? Are you really letting an unpaid staffer, just anyone, post anything they want on an official Facebook page? Is that the real story?"

Miller Spokesman: No Apologies for Atomic Facebook Post, by Jim Malewitz

Monday, August 17, 2015

Just who is eligible to be president?

After the questions about President Obama's eligibility to serve as President were answered, to most people's satisfaction, except maybe Donald Trump I doubted we would hear much from the Birthers again. This Presidential election cycle though there are questions about the eligibility of some of the GOP candidates. Conspiracy theories again? It's a maybe not with a couple of the GOP guys.  I just want to know if Ted Cruz's mother had renounced her American citizenship after four years in Canada and becoming a Canadian citizen? Laws about dual citizenship have changed some since Cruz was born and I would at least like a little more clarity about Cruz's eligibility and maybe even Rubio's. There may be nothing to this at all but after all President Obama had to endure I'm kind of enjoying these strict constitutionalists on the subject look at Cruz, and the other three Republican hopefuls. The Birthers are back.

Just who is eligible to be president?

Birthers Say These 4 GOP Candidates May Be Ineligible To Be President

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Cruz Citizenship Timeline (documented)

Ted Cruz is running for President of the U.S. but some people are questioning his eligibility to even hold a U.S. Senate Seat from Texas. Here's one timeline which raises some questions. I'll put up another link to this story / (non-story it seems with the press.)  I bet there is more to Cruz's story than I know now.



Cruz Citizenship Timeline (documented)