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Texas Progressive Alliance – March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012

The Texas Progressive Alliance is busy busting brackets as it brings you this week’s roundup.

The month of March is important to Texas History:

The Texas Revolution began with the battle of Gonzales in October 1835 and ended with the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. On March 11, 1836 General Sam Houston arrived at Gonzales, Texas to take command of the Texas Army. He received word of the fall of the Alamo and would shortly learn of the defeat at Goliad.  The siege of the Alamo lasted thirteen days and was climaxed on March 6 with a complete loss of all the combatant Texans (see ALAMO, BATTLE OF THE). During most of the siege, however, Sam Houston was at the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. On March 2, the convention approved the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico.  On March 8, Houston, now appointed major general and commander in chief by the convention, ordered Neill, at Gonzales, and Fannin, at Goliad, to undertake joint action to aid Travis. Fannin received this order on March 12. He was preparing the next day to start for Cibolo Creek with 300 men to meet Houston, when a cry for relief came from Amon B. King, whom he had sent with his available carts and teams and some thirty men to Refugio on March 11 to remove some families stranded there.

Is there finally about to be an uprising against the legislative hostility towards women we’ve seen so much of lately? Off the Kuff sure hopes so.

BossKitty at TruthHugger discovered, with minimum effort, that any group using the words, God, Christian or Jesus has a free ride with the right wing media. Why is accountability is off the table if you use those specific words? Rush Limbaugh, blinded by hatred for anything Obama, leaped before he looked at the facts … and casually acted surprised when the truth was revealed. Rush Limbaugh Endorsed Christian Cannibals

BlueBloggin was thrilled that the recent solar activity was only a light show. But, because scientists warn that 2012 will experience more frequent solar events, and there are no guarantees they will be minimal, why are the 2012 candidates ignoring this science? Updated: What is a CME and Why Should Presidential Candidates Care

The Republicans opened a new front in the culture wars in Houston last week, when Pastor Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church suddenly opened fire on Mayor Annise Parker’s right to have an opinion on gay marriage. PDiddie of Brains and Eggs has a dispatch from the front line.

For too long we’ve been told by our elected leaders that our government will be better if we sell it to the highest bidder. WCNews at Eye On Williamson, reminds us that only the people can make it stop, Outsourcing at A&M, a microcosm.

Neil at Texas Liberal wrote about the Texas forced sonogram law, and about how this law is state-mandated rape. The facts are going to prevail on this issue. People in Texas, across the nation, and across the world are going to see that Texas has passed a law mandating the rape of some its citizens.

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme notes that the Nueces County Republicans are just as dirty as the legislator Republicans in their redistricting methods.

At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw gets up to date with the war on women and on voters in Texas GOP Policies Flog Poor Women, Health Care and Voter’s Rights.

At the Lewisville Texan, Ken Judkins points out that Mitt Romney may have won Super Tuesday, but he failed a leadership test.

Bay Area Houston wonders about Judge Sharon “Killer” Keller’s $100,000 ethics fine.

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