I live in Not-Texas

This incident is worth thinking about:

Powerful Texas Republican Advocates for Seceding From the US

Scott Keys at Think Progress

TexasTexas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, who is running to be the next state Attorney General, is preparing his state to secede from the United States and become an “independent nation.”

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Should Oral Sex Be a Crime?

My news feed this morning started with a major scare that Time’s arrow actually was turning backwards. I read that the state of Virginia may make all oral and anal sex illegal. I took a while to compose myself and enjoy a fried egg sandwich before I read the details of this shocker.

oral sex

First, it isn’t the state of Virginia that wants to make any form of sex that won’t lead to more babies (often unwanted) but it was only the Republican contender for governor of the state that was advocating the criminalization of oral and anal sex. Please note the irony: he also campaigns on the value of less government in our lives, less regulation, and more personal freedom to thrive on our downward slide on one of the greatest transfers of wealth the world has ever known.

Of course the re-criminalization of sodomy doesn’t have anything to do with the war on women or being anti-homosexual or supporting an expired law that was declared unconstitutional years ago. No, it is to protect the children of Virginia against the tactics of sexual predators who rely on sodomy to do their evil deeds. There is even a hint that since sexual predators inevitably drive to the shopping mall to cruise their victims, Ken Cuccinelli might be considering a ban on all motorized forms of transportation in the state, again, to make it safe for our children to flourish in an Idiocracy.

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What is attractive or honest about the GOP?

Now as I understand it there was a very popular and influential politician in Texas that had all of the right-wing qualities that would make him a good candidate for the continued destruction of this country if  he was doing his damage in the Senate. But along the way he was trounced in a run-off election because he wasn’t enough to the right. Now the Republican’s have a weak candidate offering no experience but a strong affiliation with the Tea Party.


Has anyone stopped to remember that the original Tea Party was basically a terrorist group out to destroy things and scare people. Then again, that’s an excellent understanding of the current Tea Party. I am hearing in some more progressive areas that this is a wonderful opportunity for the Democratic party. Open the doors and welcome all the traditional Republicans to come on over to sanity. Do they really think sticking with Mitt Romney is a good idea? When is Mitt the Twitt going to blurt out the really bad gaff and destroy his own candidacy? Is Harry Reid on target with his speculation about Mitt’s tax returns?

To me people will vote Republican if they are

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Fiction in our textbooks and our lives

When I was in school in California we all had to take California history. I remember that a new textbook was written but rejected by the State Board because it included many subjects or statements that the Board did not consider acceptable for exposure to young people. Interestingly, this was a college level history and a few years later I was lucky enough to take California history at the UC from the author and naturally we used his text-book.

Why was this book banned? I wish I still had my copy but I do remember some of the topics. The book and the class were organized around key topics from the history of California:  the Gold Rush, the California wine industry, the history of Los Angeles in terms of stolen water, the Japanese internment, the phasing out of existing light-rail and trolley lines to appease the big oil companies that wanted to sell lots of gas, things like that. The less admirable parts of California history weren’t the problem, but why did the Board of Education want to hide the truth from the students? Was it the chapter on Amy Semple McPherson?

Adam & Eve were white folks?

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