Perry has put on his flip flops

The Gov. who as we all know is an ardent supporter of States Rights and has used the 10th Amendment as reasoning in many of his causes, has now done a big flip flop. The Gov. is apparently trying to appeal to the Religious Right as he gets ready to jump into the presidential fray. Just weeks ago The Gov. was making the same argument as one his supposed contenders, Michelle Bachmann, that the Law allowing gays to marry in New York was a perfect example of how states rights should work. Both The Gov. and Bachmann stated positions that the Federal Government should stay out of New York’s affairs and allow New Yorkers to do as they please. Now that the Religious Right has started screaming bloody murder, The Gov. flip flopped quicker than T-Paw in an apparent attempt to appease them.

The Gov. is now calling for a Federal Marriage Amendment. The Gov. recently stated
“The real fear is states like New York will change the definition of marriage for Texas. That is the reason the Federal Marriage Amendment is being offered. It’s a small group of activists judges and really a small handful, if you will, of states and these liberal special interest groups that are intent on a redefinition, if you will, of marriage on the nation for all of us, which I adamantly oppose. Indeed, to not pass the Federal Marriage Amendment would impinge on Texas’ and other states’ right not to have marriage forced upon them by these activist judges and these special interest groups.”

Makes you wonder what else he will flip flop on as he transitions to the national stage.

ACLU requests that Governor Perry disclose use of public resources for “Call to Prayer”

Oh Boy, Oh boy. A few days ago the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit aiming to block Perry from participating in “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  The ACLU of Texas has requested that The Gov.  disclose the amount of Texas Taxpayer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the event.  The event is also being sponsored by the American Family Association.  This fringe conservative Christian group advocates the reform of American culture based on their interpretation of the Bible. Several notables from the group are way out there.  As we reported earlier one of the principals believes the Statue of Liberty is Satanic.

The full story from the ACLU of Texas follows.

Perry’s “The Response” Blurs The Lines Between
Separation Of Church And State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kirsten Bokenkamp, (832) 691-7013 (832) 691-7013 or kbokenkamp@aclutx.org

HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas today requested that Gov. Rick Perry and other officials disclose the amount of tax-payer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the prayer event, The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, set for Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium.

“We are concerned that Gov. Perry is using public office to endorse a sectarian religious event and to advance specific Christian beliefs,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We are seeking information on the degree to which state resources have been or will be used for the planning and promotion of this event and for state officials’ participation in it.”

The ACLU of Texas filed open records requests with the governor’s office as well as the Harris County sheriff’s, auditor’s and fire marshal’s offices and the City of Houston.

“The ACLU of Texas values the diversity of belief systems in public life, and each of our beliefs calls us to address problems in different ways. But none of us, especially an elected official, is in the position to say whether believers or non-believers should lead the way in solving our common problems,” said Terri Burke, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We believe that diversity is protected, society is best served, and the U.S. Constitution is respected when government actions remain separate from religious action, when religion is neither forced upon us, nor prohibited, by government. The Response certainly does not seem to follow that principle.”

One of the cornerstones of the ACLU’s work is to ensure that the First Amendment is upheld and to safeguard against government promotion of, or interference with, religious practice.

Under the state’s open records law, government officials have 10 business days to respond to open records requests. The ACLU of Texas expects a response on or before August 3.

For a copy of the documents filed with state and local government offices, please go to our website.

Texas considers allowing Confederate flag on state license plates

KHOU TV Channel 12 in Houston is reportingthat

Texas is considering a specialty license plate that would feature the Confederate flag. The idea is to honor Texans who fought in the Civil War, but some people say they are offended by the idea.

“It brings back the anger from which it stands for — the Civil War — and I don’t think it should be allowed, said Donald Dunaway.

But Russel Evans, another driver, disagreed.

“Everybody wants to say something is wrong with one thing after another. I mean where do you draw the line? he asked.

The idea was rejected by the state legislature a few years ago due to the issue of being offensive and bringing back up the memory of the Civil War, or The War of Northern Aggression as we in the South know it. Few other states are pushing the idea as well.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans in Florida say the South will rise again thru the visibility of the baseball sized flags on license plates.

It may be offensive to some, but so are some of the crap we have to look at on some other license plates. Although we neither endorse or reject the issue, it would be interesting to see what kind of support and how many motorists would use the plates, especially in this climate of a $27 billion state budget deficit.

What do you think?

Rick Perry, a modern day Prophet among us

As we have been writing about for the past couple of months, the speculation that The Gov., aka Rick Perry, is dying to get his shot at running to be President of the very United States he thinks Texas should secede from.

You can see from just about any national poll that the Republicans as about as happy as wino with no wine. With all this good news The Gov sees his chance for being begged to save the Grand Ol Party from the evil Nazi, Fascist, Communist Obama regime.

Following the footsteps of his competitors, er losers, The Gov visited the mouthpiece of the Grand Ol Party to be interviewed, er , lobbed softball questions, from none other than the Fox’s Neil Cavuto. Cavuto posed a question as to why Perry was unpopular in his home state. Could it be that Texas after ten years of Perry’s incompetence has a record budget deficit, the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country, a school system on the verge of collapse, and the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country? No! No! No!

Mr Cauto asked Perry “You have kind of like the Chris Christie phenomenon: very popular outside your state, still popular but not nearly as popular within your state. There are even Tea Party groups within your state who like you but don’t love you. What do you say?

Perry answered “I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both Biblical and practical.”

The Gov has long used religion as a crutch to his political career, calling, as we noted earlier, for prayer for rain to stop the wildfires after he gutted the emergency responders funding. Perry even recently had a day of prayer, slated for August, asking the nation’s Governors to join him in prayer to solve the nation’s problems. Funny tho that The Gov does not tithe to any church let alone attend church. While enjoying living at a Lake Travis Mansion on Ten Thousand dollars a month rent at tax payers expense, his tax returns show he has never giving more than one half of one percent of his income to charity.

A Prophet though? if Perry were to somehow become President he would surely be a PROPHET of DOOM to our fragile democracy.

Is Governor Rick Perry running for President?

Is Governor Rick Perry running for President?   The Gov has insisted for some time that he has no interest in running for President, however is he just playing hard to get?  He attends events that attract those who have aspirations for the lands High Office.   Last year he was one of the stars at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. It was announced last week that he will be a headliner at this years event in June.  Word is that the Gov has quietly been making behind the scenes inquiries of the possibilities and reactions to a possible run in Iowa where the first caucasus will be held.  It could be that he is waiting on Queen Sarah to make an announcement before he has to pull a Barbour, Huckabee or Trump.  Will be interesting indeed.

Yea, more NASCAR Racing in Texas, Oh, wait its only Formula One Racing

Just heard that I was going to be able to see the good ol’ boys another time each year by hopping over to Austin.  Then after doing a little reading I find out it’s only Formula One.  Formula what?  These guys quit racing in the US years ago as the sport was hemorrhaging money like the Mississippi waters are doing to the poor folks in Tennessee and Mississippi.

Oh, but then it just gets even better.  Our Elitist Teabaggers in Austin are giving away $25,000,000 of our tax dollars, yes you read right, twenty five million dollars of our tax dollars as seed money to bring a race to Austin.  Twenty five million dollars a year that could be used to keep some of the 97,ooo or so school teachers on the job teaching our children.

Interesting to find out that Billionaire B.J. Red McCombs, the co-founder of Clear Channel Communications and one of Forbes 400 richest Americans is the one behind the effort.  McCombs is a conservative backer of many right wing causes and as we know the welfare of the working class people is not a right wing concern.  Formula One has the reputation of being a sport of the rich and famous.

Although the sport enjoys the  adoration of the rich in Europe and elsewhere in the former european and Spanish colonies it has fallen out of grace to it’s American fan base.  Wasn’t that long ago that anything French or European was an anthema to U.S. values.  Now however, the top one percent have taken full control of the economy and government of Texas and have  convinced their Teabagger base to forget all that and that the policies that take from them to help billionaires is good.  They forget to tell their clueless Teabagger base taht most all of them will not even be able afford to sit in the stands.

Anyways to get back on track, McCombs has convinced the Perry Administration to take the money in a fund that had originally been set up to draw conventions and collegiate sporting events to Austin and use it to subsidize their Rich Man’s Sport.  With no assurance that this arrangement will be of any benefit to the city, the Teabaggers figured out that by using the fund they don’t have to bring it before the legislature to be publicized and voted on.  Sounds like business as usual for the Elitist Teabaggers.

Republicans Support our Troops? No!!!

The U.S. House of Representatives under control of the Republicans and under pressure from the TeaBaggers are truely a confusing bunch.  These Republicans have built their careers and a huge chunk of their party platform of being the only party that is strong on national defense and the owners of the Phrase “Support our Troops”.  They went thru a phase where anyone without a US Flag pin on their lapel was un-american and maybe even one of them, them being the terrorists.

But now, Majority Leader, Arch Conservative and leading Teabagger of the Republican majority of the House, Eric Cantor, says that the House has decided they don’t have time and won’t hold a vote on a resolution honoring U.S. troops on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  Cantor says that House Republican leaders considered a resolution honoring the Navy SEALS involved in the bin Laden raid but decided against it as they needed to keep in line with their new rules prohibiting commemorative measures.

This is very strange as not even a month ago Cantor and his compatriots passed a resolution honoring former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush by renaming the federal courthouse in Midland, Texas after them.

It must be that honoring ex-republican presidents is not a waste of time but honoring the brave troops that took out the Worlds Number One Terrorist is.  This just befuddles the mind.  But keep in mind come close to election time, these same defenders of our way of life will be using the Troops as props to show their position as being strong on national defense.