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Former House Speaker Denied Voter ID Under New Texas Law

For those who don’t see the “big deal” about these laws,  I think it’s becoming more and more obvious….

These unnecessary and mean-spririted laws are a mess and need to go.

Too bad the Supreme Court decided to gut the Voting Rights Act and make this all possible….

Still, something has to give- either electorally or on the Court side- to fix this…

My prediction in North Carolina, where similar laws take effect next year, is that this is going to drive more Democrats, Women, Students and Minority voters to the polls and start the process of throwing these bums- and their dirty, vindictive, poorly written and executed laws- out….

From ThinkProgress.org:


Former Rep. Jim Wright (D-TX), who served as Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989, this weekend became the latest prominent Texan to nearly lose his right to vote thanks to the state’s new strict voter ID law.

Wright told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that he couldn’t get an ID because he only had an expired driver’s license (Wright is 90) and a faculty ID card from Texas Christian University, neither of which qualify under Texas’ new law. Wright plans to return to the office Monday with a certified copy of his birth certificate, which will allow him to get an ID. But, the long-time voting rights advocate told the Star-Telegram, not everyone will be able to meet those qualifications, meaning the law will almost surely depress turnout in Tuesday’s state and local elections.

“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote,” Wright told the Star-Telegram. “I think they will reduce the number to some extent.”

In recent weeks, the Texas law has ensnared a Texas district judge, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, a state senator, and Greg Abbott, the very attorney general pushing the law. It’s strict name requirements has made it especially hard for women to obtain an ID, since differences between maiden names and married names has caused problems. Abbott’s ID was nearly denied because his given name is Gregory but he used “Greg” on his registration card.

The law also threatens minority and low-income voters, who are less likely to have acceptable forms of identification. Academic studies have shown that to be the case in many of the other states that have instituted voter ID laws in the past. One 84-year-old woman was denied an ID three times. As Republicans continue to push these laws, though, they have struggled to find examples of the actual voter fraud they are supposed to stop.

via Former House Speaker Denied Voter ID Under New Texas Law | ThinkProgress.

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Rick Perry On Increasing Income Inequality: ‘I Don’t Care About That’

Well, this shouldn’t be news to anyone….


a)  We all knew Governor GoodHair was an Airheaded Ex-Cheerleader just like George W Bush- but with worse grades at a worse school and an even meaner disposition.

b) Everyone should know by now the entire GOP- and some of the Dems- are bought and paid for by the Corporations and the Rich.  They are just starting to be honest about it….

c)  “I Don’t Care” should be the Republican Party’s  Campaign Slogan for 2012.  The Rickster is just ahead of the curve on messaging.


From The Huffington Post:


Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he wants a huge tax break for the rich, and he doesn’t care what it means for income inequality.

Rick Perry announced on Tuesday that if elected president he would slash the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 and give everyone the option of paying a flat income tax rate of 20 percent.

He also would try to encourage U.S. companies who have stored $1.4 trillion overseas to move their profits back to the United States by allowing them to pay 5.25 percent in taxes at first, according to Reuters.

The plan, if enacted, would dramatically reduce the tax burdens of the wealthiest people in the United States, saving millions of dollars for some, while raising taxes for poor and middle-class people who opt into the plan.

“I don’t care about that,” Perry said of the increased economic inequality that would result from the tax plan in an interview with The New York Times. “If that’s what comes, I’ll take that criticism.”

via Rick Perry On Increasing Income Inequality: ‘I Don’t Care About That’.

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Luckenbach Texas

This is an interesting song…

I’ll shock some folks by saying I have always liked it.  I have since college.  I like the overall message of simplifying life.

The problem is the location.

I’m sorry, but Texas gave us  Tom Delay, George Bush and Rick Perry.   True, it also gave us Molly Ivins and Ann Richards. But I think Delay, Bush and Perry have done more to destroy the Texas Mystique than most Texans realize.

No matter how many times I watch “Giant”, all I can think is that the Benedicts have ultimately lost out to Jett Rink….

While I like the sentiment of the song, it seems to be saying, let’s shuck it all and move to the intellectual, cultural and artistic wastelands- which is what most of Texas is-excluding Austin, San Antonio and maybe a couple of other places.

Discuss among yourselves:

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Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C’

Who the hell wants to read this?

Haven’t we heard enough about this crew that destroyed our economy, sold us out to corporate power and oil company greed, screwed the Middle Class and workers, abused and misused those in our military, tried to ruin the environment and tarnished the image of America, possibly forever, with their lies, power grabs, unconstitutional actions and wars of choice?

All I want to hear is when they will be arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced.  Enough of their lies, rationalizations and attempts to alter history…


When former Vice President Dick Cheney releases his memoir early next week, it may cause the second earthquake in Washington, D.C., this month.

Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C.

“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ when his memoir comes out Aug. 30, former Vice President Dick Cheney said in an interview that will air Aug. 29. Among the revelations: Cheney kept a resignation letter in a safe in case he had a heart attack or stroke.

“There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,’’ Cheney told NBC’s Jamie Gangel in an exclusive interview that will air on NBC’s “Dateline” at 10 p.m. ET Aug. 29.

In the book, titled “In My Time,’’ Cheney addresses a broad range of topics, including the attacks of Sept. 11; a secret resignation letter he kept in a safe in case he experienced catastrophic health issues, and his thoughts about former President George W. Bush and ex-Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. The 46th vice president discusses those topics and more in his candid, unapologetic interview with Gangel, and he’ll likely have more to say when he appears live on TODAY with Matt Lauer on Aug. 30, the day his book hits stores.

via Cheney: My book will have ‘heads exploding’ in D.C. – books – TODAY.com.

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Rick Perry Vaults Into Lead For GOP Nomination In Two National Polls

This is getting to be fun…

Public Policy Polling is one of the most accurate pollsters in the country.

Rick Perry, aka Governor Goodhair,  is not only evil, but certifiably crazy.  See previous posts on this blog and elsewhere….

President Obama should be able to destroy him, but it would be one of the nastiest campaigns ever seen.

Of course, Governor Goodhair may yet fade. Karl Rove and the Bushies hate him and will do all they can do to bring him down.  But the GOP Primary voters are so crazy, it might not matter what anyone says or does….The crazier the candidate, the more they like them.  See how well Michele Bachmann polls here, as well…

Poor Willard Romney, he’s starting to see it all slip away.  I guess that’s why he needs that big, new retirement house in California….

From TalkingPointsMemo.com:

Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney has been the frontrunner in most national polls of the GOP primary over the last year, and the general punditry considered it his nomination to lose, at least at first. And while it’s still early, new polling released on Wednesday shows his unchallenged time at the head of the pack may be over.

A new national Gallup poll of GOP and GOP-leaning voters shows Romney, who had more than a quarter of the total vote in Gallup’s June numbers in the same poll, has fallen to 17 percent, while newly minted candidate Tex. Gov. Rick Perry surges to 29 percent and the lead. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), considered a top contender, falls to fourth with 10 percent, behind Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at 13 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits.

Public Policy Polling (D) also came out with a national poll of GOP voters on Wednesday, which showed similar results. In that survey, Perry leads with 33 percent in the field of announced candidates, followed by Romney at 20 percent and Bachmann at 16. The rest of the field in that poll were also in single digits.

Both polls showed Perry’s favorability ratings are very high among Republican primary voters. Gallup recently published “positive intensity scores” on the GOP field (a metric that measures strong favorability against strong unfavorability), which show Perry as the highest rated of the GOP major contenders, although less known. In the PPP poll, Perry registered a 64 percent favorablility rating against 17 unfavorable, a number that reflected findings in another PPP poll released Tuesday of Iowa GOP voters.

The Gallup poll included live telephone interviews conducted from August 17th to 21st with Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, and has a sampling error of four percent. The PPP national poll used 663 automated interviews conducted from August 18th to the 21st with GOP voters, and has a sampling error of 3.8 percent.

via Perry Vaults Into Lead For GOP Nomination In Two National Polls | TPMDC.

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*Government* Jobs Led To Perry’s Texas Economic Boom

Governor Goodhair is not going to like this little bit of information from TalkingPointsMemo.com:

On the campaign trail, governor Rick Perry will claim credit for the so-called Texas miracle. His state weathered the housing and jobs crises better than many others, and he’ll happily tell voters it was the result of his small government conservative approach to running things.

But his state’s relative success has a lot to do with things out of his control — population growth resulting from an influx of immigrants from Mexico and of workers and retirees from other U.S. states, and high oil company profits, to name just a couple. Oh, and also federal stimulus.

What’s that you say?!

Despite being one of the loudest critics of President Obama’s stimulus, Perry used billions of dollars of federal money to patch Texas’ budget shortfalls, and was thus able to create and maintain lots and lots of public sector jobs. In fact, if you look at net job creation between 2007 and 2010, it’s clear the only thing keeping Texas buoyant was government jobs.

via CHART OF THE DAY: *Government* Jobs Led To Perry’s Economic Boom | TPMDC.

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Hightower: There’s a ‘very ugly side’ to Rick Perry

Interesting comments from Texas populist/progressive Jim Hightower….

It’s really kind of scary that he considers Perry to be like George Bush “without the intelligence or the ethics”.

As I said earlier, I expect Rick Perry to fizzle- if not explode.

And the Establishment GOP seems to be living in fear that he won’t.

Remember one thing:  Karl Rove and the Bushies do not like Rick Perry.  Rick Perry does not want people to know this….Rove has already hit him once over his comments this weekend about Ben Bernanke.  Keep an eye on this dynamic.

Instead of Texas seceding, as Governor Goodhair suggested a while back, the Texas GOP may be on the verge of it’s own Civil War.


Although the presence of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the Republican presidential primary may be looked upon warmly in the press these days, don’t expect that to last. Speaking with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Tuesday, populist author and Texas Observer contributor Jim Hightower cautioned that there’s a “very ugly side” to Perry that won’t be relatively unknown for long.

“They say the higher the monkey climbs, the more you see its ugly side,” Hightower said. “Well, Perry’s got a very ugly side. He’s going to get the kind of media scrutiny that he’s not had.”

“Republicans get a two’fer with him. One, they get one of the furthest-out of the far-out tea party right-wingers, sort of a Michele Bachmann with better hair. And also though, they get the real Perry, which is the exuberant, corporate Republican who never met a corporate lobbyist he wouldn’t hug as long as that lobbyist had a campaign check and a wish list.

“He really is kind of a George Bush plutocrat without the intelligence or the ethics. That’s the real Perry, is really going to be the corporate Perry. That’s the kind of governorship he has run.”

via Hightower: There’s a ‘very ugly side’ to Rick Perry | Raw Replay.

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Perry Dismisses Bush Comparisons

Yep, another example of Governor Goodhair’s striking wit and intelligence….

From Taegen Goddard’s Political Wire:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said it was unfair to make comparisons between himself and former president George W. Bush, CNN reports, noting that “I am Rick Perry and he is George Bush. And our records are quite different.”

Asked what the biggest difference is, Perry responded: “I went to Texas A&M. He went to Yale.”

He did not answer when pressed to name a policy difference.

via Perry Dismisses Bush Comparisons.

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Rick Perry: This Picture Should Kill Those Rumors…..

I can’t help myself…

Saw this at DailyKos and have to post it myself….

Rick Perry at the Iowa State Fair…

No further comment coming from me….

Talk amongst yourselves!

MORE:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/15/1007248/-GOP-candidates-gone-wild!-(Or,-TMI-inAmes)?via=blog_1

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21 Reasons Rick Perry’s Texas Is a Complete Disaster | | AlterNet

Rick Perry, aka Governor GoodHair, is the gift that keeps on giving….

There’s almost as much to write about him as there is for Sarah Palin…

From Joshua Holland at Alternet.com:

Rick Perry’s road to the White House will be paved with spin and blatant lies of omission. He’s basing his entire campaign on a single data-point: Texas, with 10 percent of the country’s population, has produced 37 percent of net new jobs in the U.S. since the recovery.

That kernel of truth, as I noted recently, is mostly a result of a massive increase in the state’s population – much of it due to Hispanic immigration. Texas’ unemployment rate has actually risen even as those jobs were being created. Texas also leads the nation in creating crappy minimum wage jobs without benefits – the number of minimum wage workers increased by 150 percent between 2007 and 2010.

He also lucked into a boom in energy prices in his oil and gas-rich state – another factor having nothing to do with his governance.

Under Perry, endless tax breaks for politically connected Texas corporations helped create a massive budget deficit that Perry first addressed with federal stimulus funds – money from a program he decried as a “misguided” desire “to spend our children’s inheritance” — and then by cutting spending on education and the state’s already threadbare social services to the bone. With the exception of a few economic basket-cases like Mississippi, Texas is way ahead of the pack in the race to the bottom.

MORE:  http://www.alternet.org/story/152037/21_reasons_rick_perry%27s_texas_is_a_complete_disaster?akid=7406.275643.WRtvhl&rd=1&t=12

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