Bad news if Governor Rick Perry wants to run for President

Poor Ol’ Governor Perry, wanting to be asked to save the Grand Old Party by being asked to run for president only to find himself near the bottom of the barrel among Texas Voters in a recent poll by the University of Texas. The Gov. at 4 percent, just barely ahead of Jon Hunstman the former Governor of Utah and more recently, Obama’s Ambasador to China who is at 1 percent. Next comes former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at a whopping 3 percent, then Perry tied with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Even, I’m gonna run, no I’m not, no wait yes I am, Donald Trump is ahead of Perry at 6 percent.

More bad news for The Gov.is that according to the poll, only 41 percent approve of his job performance while 42 percent disapprove of it. Ouch. Looks like The Gov. is really gonna have to get his spin machine in high gear soon to reverse this bad news.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ain’t giving Governor Perry federal money to combat the wildfires

The Gov. has been harping constantly that FEMA won’t give Texas aid when two and a half million acres of the State is been on fire. Unreported in most Texas news coverage is the reason why. The Elitist Teabaggers in their continuing efforts to run the State into the ground cut $34 million or 1/3 of the budget of the Texas Forest Service. This agency provides assistance grants to the volunteer fire departments which make up approximately 80 percent of the State’s firefighers. Most of these volunteer departments operate on a shoestring budget on old and worn down equipment. The Gov. likes to brag that his State’s disaster preparedness is a model the country should look at and learn from.

In their usual mode of being tough of gutting social programs while appeasing the villagers they say this is just cutting waste and will be made up by donations. Then they ease an appeal up to Washington, the evil overlord, to get emergency funds. But FEMA unexplicably turns them down, ooops. What The Gov. and the Elitist Teabaggers are telling the sheep is that Obama and the evil feds are wagin war on Texas. They claim all they are asking for is direct aid for families, individuals and communities that suffered wildfire losses. Whoa, not so fast. Not true. What Gov. and the Elitist Teabaggers asked for is funds to pay for fighting the fires. What the Gov. and the Elitist Teabaggers fail to realize is that the federal government is already doing this. FEMA, has been working hand in hand with the state supporting the firefighting efforts and have already covered 25 fire management assistance grants to pay for the expenses to fight the wildfires.

What The Gov. and his Elitist Teageers thought they would do is get over on the feds by requesting FEMA declare that 252 of Texas’s 254 counties should be declared a disaster area because of wildfires. What???

And when FEMA, rightly, turns them down they claim Obama is pursuing a political vendetta against Texas. Perry even went so far as to claim at a fundraiser that Obama was ignoring Texas repeating the line that the request didn’t get lost in the mail. He went on that Obama was taking care of other states while punishing Texas Perry later refused to meet with President Obama when the President came to inspect the situation.

Texas shouldn’t fell left out. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), when asked about aid to the Tornando victims in Joplin Missouri, said that if the Federal Government was going send aid it would have to be cut out of other programs.

While many of the citizens of this Great State are indeed suffering, they are guilty of not looking at what is really going on. They are happy to be lied to and believe that the Trabagger Elitists have their best interests in mind when in fact they only care about giving everything of value to the billionaires and corporations. The folks of Texas need to open their eyes before it is too late. Perry just got his Eminent Domain Law passed and has signed it, so your property may be his next “public use” need to help the rich and corporations complete their takeover.

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.

Perry Endorses the Radical Secessionist King Street Patriots

Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry just can’t help himself when it comes to snuggling up the the Radical Secessionist Wingnuts of the State.  The Gov had his hair all done up nice and purty as he did the ribbon cutting honors at the King Street Patriots’ new headquarters at 7232 Wynnwood Lane in Houston, Texas.  The King Street Patriots, an arm of the Republican Party and reportedly funded by the Koch brothers right wing machine, came to the forefront in the 2010 elections.

The group started their “True The Vote” campaign  in response to the “Rock the Vote” which was President Obama’s campaign to get the vote in the 2008 presidential election. The group was allegedly tied to the Houston area Tea Party group that sent a number of distasteful, grammatically challenged and degrading emails to a group called Houston Votes, which was trying to register voters.

In the 2010 election the King Street Patriots poll watchers participating in the “True The Vote” campaign were accused of  hovering over voters, getting into election workers’ faces and blocking or disrupting lines of voters waiting to cast their ballots primarily in minority districts and in October 2010 the Justice Department bgan an investigating the King Street Patriots’ anti-voter fraud campaign after receiving a number of complaints about voter intimidation in Hispanic and African-American areas.

In the 2010 election, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, requested the Department of Justice investigate whether tea party groups are intimidating black and Hispanic voters in her district.  Representative Lee asked Attorney General Eric Holder to send poll monitors to her district on November 2 to make sure the King Street Patriots weren’t attempting to stop people from voting.  Representative Lee said €œMany of these incidents of voter intimidation have been occurring in predominately minority neighborhoods and have been directed at African-Americans and Latinos.  It is unconscionable to think that anyone would deliberately employ the use of such forceful and intimidating tactics in 2010 to undermine the fundamental, constitutional right to vote. I urge you to order an immediate investigation into these incidents and call for the Department of Justice to send poll monitors to Harris County immediately to ensure a safe and neutral voting environment during the Nov. 2 election.€

Representative Lee reported that the tea party group is sending in poll watchers who have been trained to aggressively monitor voters by standing directly behind them. The Texas Democratic Party described the King Street Patriot’s True the Vote campaign as a “vote suppression scheme.”   There were many reported incidents of the group hovering and standing directly behind and looking over voters as they voted.  In one incident  a female poll watcher said thaat she felt it was necessary and acceptable to stand directly behind voters while they entered their votes. When the election judge requested that the woman back away from the voter, her response was that she had been trained by the True to Vote program and that “I have the right to stand wherever I want!”

A spokesman for the King Street Patriot replied that they were so concerned by attacks against volunteer stay-at-home moms or elderly poll-watchers, and that they had requested that the Justice Department send  help to ensure the poll watchers were not being descriminated against while doing their jobs.  The request said that having poll watchers is not only the law, it is crucial in a free society that all candidates and parties can see and make sure the election was held with integrity and that being attacked for fulfilling that civic role is inexcusable.

For the 2012 elections, The King Street Patriots have ramped up their efforts and plan to recruit 1 million poll watchers to monitor the 2012 elections in Texas.  The program teaches volunteeers to become investigators and provides spreadsheets of the registered voters in each precinct,  The Patriots are then reqquested to verify the registrations aren’t fraudulent.  It is curious however that the vast majority of the areas the group is concerned with are precincts with a large numbers of minority voters.  The group was amazingly unconcerned with predominately white precincts.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie released the following statement.”As if endorsing their methods weren’t bad enough, Perry and legislative Republicans are trying to change the law to legalize the voter intimidation tactics this group used last year.  It’s shameful that their agenda amounts to an assault on the essence of our democracy, voter participation.”

These developments are scary as the very essence of our democracy is the right to vote.  The assault on voting rights of minorities has been an ongoing process which with the Tea Party’s activism has only intensified and threatens the very rights of the citizens of Texas and the United States.  The King Street Patriots and like Tea Party groups are only the latest arm of the Republican establishments assault on the voting rights of minority voters.

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.