The Texas Progressive Alliance sends its best wishes for an early spring to everyone digging out from last week’s blizzard as it brings you this week’s roundup.
The Democrats in the Texas House are trying to show that the GOP doesn’t care about public education. They should since it’s been the best winning strategy for Texas Democrats in the recent past. WCNews at Eye on Williamson posts on this week’s news from The Lege, Texas House Democrats have a plan.
“Tip your server, save the world” is a suitable mantra for living in the second decade of the 21st century. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs shares the message of transforming everything you can, within the reach of your own arm, from Will Pitt.
Neil at Texas Liberal wrote that President Obama’s policies on the uses of drones will lead to abuses both internationally and at home.
Texas History for the Week of February 10 – 16
|French castaway reaches Natchitoches (1721)|
|“Madam Candelaria” dies at age 113 (1899)|
|Legislature confirms South Texas land grants (1852)|
|Texas marines mutiny in old New Orleans (1842)|
|First railroad in Texas chartered (1850)|
|Legislature passes bill to pay for governor’s “chicken salad and punch” (1915)|
|Sixty-one die as steamboat burns (1869)|
|Inventor of the electric typewriter born (1888)|
|Arctic cold stiffens Tulia (1899)|
|“Lone Wolf,” Ranger legend, dies (1977)|
|Spanish language newspaper debuts in San Antonio (1913)|
|First class of army aerial navigators arrives in San Marcos (1943)|
|Railroad crew founds Valentine, Texas (1882)|
|Spanish nobleman calls for settlement of Texas (1729)|
|Philanthropists wed on Valentine’s Day (1904)|
|Lumberman predicts big future for El Paso (1880)|
|Texas rancher murdered by Mexican troops (1914)|
|Texas adopts constitution (1876)|
|Lone survivor of Bonilla expedition found (1599)|
|First archbishop of San Antonio consecrated (1927)|
|Longoria given hero’s burial (1949)|
The Texas Progressive Alliance congratulates the Baltimore Ravens on their Super Bowl win as it brings you this week’s roundup.
BossKitty at TruthHugger needs a break from writing about neglected matters in Texas, America and the World. Since we elect leaders to represent corporate interests that live on another planet, we must do our best individually and locally. BossKitty Takes A Sabbatical.
The roster of progressive blogs in Texas got a little thinner this past week. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs laments the state of the blogosphere but reminds his friends and enemies that they are not likely to see him go away any time soon.
Neil at Texas Liberal says Martin Luther King would have been sad to see young people marching off as if to war at a parade in his name.
At TexasKaos, Libby Shaw talks about Turning A Vast Crony Capitalist Red Wasteland Blue. Is it possible we can turn Rickland into a modern progressive state? Check it out.
Texas History for the Week of February 3 – 9
February 3, 2013 – Iraq War vet charged in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL Just a note, all the good guys had guns. One good guy turned bad. Waiting for comment by the NRA!
|Teenage idol Buddy Holly dies in plane crash (1959)|
|Republic authorizes mercantile firm to issue money (1841)|
|Coastal brewery serves up a cold one (1896)|
|La Bahía becomes Goliad (1829)|
|Republic of Texas authorizes ill-fated Peters colony (1841)|
|Hero from Rio Grande valley dies in Vietnam (1968)|
|Commission established to plan Central National Road (1844)|
|Snakebite pioneer succumbs (1955)|
|The Republic of Texas passes legislation regarding free African Americans (1840)|
|First Czech newspaper in Texas (1879)|
|Virginia Point enlivened by railroad bridge to Galveston Island (1860)|
|Frenchman, considered a troublemaker by the Spanish, dies in prison (1756)|
|Seguin incorporates (1853)|
|Cowboy, author, and detective born on Texas coast (1855)|
|Transfer of command misfires in Republic of Texas army (1837)|
|Last Franciscan in early Texas relinquishes missions (1830)|
|Violence presages end of notorious red-light district (1887)|
|Brewster County exposes “dummy town” (1910)|
|NAACP leader born in Round Rock (1902)|
|Renowned jazz saxophonist dies (1939)|
|Texas pays beef bill, twelve years late (1854)|
The Texas Progressive Alliance wishes President Obama all the best at the start of his second term as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Out of fairness alone the areas that had to sacrifice during the bad times, should be taken care of first once good times return. But, as WCNews at Eye on Williamson points out, that’s unlikely to change without a lot of public pressure, The budget, fear, and ideology.
CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme wants you to know that Blake Farenthold and his fellow Texas Republicans voted against hurricane Sandy relief. Do hurricanes or tornadoes ever hit Texas? Too bad for us.
The Asshats on Parade, sponsored by PDiddie’s Brains and Eggs, included Lance Armstrong, Dick Cheney, Manti Te’o, and Ed Emmett.
Secession fun for everyone this week at McBlogger!
Neil at Texas Liberal posted his 6th annual updated Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List. It is the best such resource on the web.
Texas History for the Week of January 20 – 26
|Heroism of the “Texas Division” (1944)|
|Professor begins distinguished career at Southwestern University (1879)|
|First issue of San Antonio Light published (1881)|
|Cofounder of Irish colony murdered (1853)|
|Sid Richardson Hall dedicated (1971)|
|Charitable foundation begins bumpy journey (1960)|
|Mason County courthouse burns (1877)|
|“Know-Nothings” abandon secrecy, meet in Austin (1856)|
|Fifty Cent Act repealed (1883)|
|Supreme Court legalizes abortion (1973)|
|First steamboat reaches Houston (1837)|
|State supreme court rules new school funding system unconstitutional (1991)|
|Domingo Terán de los Ríos appointed first governor of Texas (1691)|
|Ill-fated Spanish mission established (1762)|
|Confederates hang former Texas senator as traitor (1863)|
|“Tri-Cities” finally unite as Baytown (1948)|
|Reformist Freedmen’s Bureau superintendent replaced (1867)|
|Famous former slave dies at the hands of Indians (1871)|
|Death of “Cattle King” touches off family financial scandal (1919)|
|First church meeting in Texas (1834)|
|Lone Star heraldry (1839)|
|Isleño leader dies (1779)|
|Republic passes homestead law, sets aside land for education (1839)|
|Republic of Texas charters Houston and Brazos Rail Road (1839)|
|First piece of McDade pottery produced (1893)|
|Murphy earns Medal of Honor (1945)|
The Tsunami of America’s Fallen Angels is drowning us. Shame is now a way of life and no longer as shocking as it should be. The shock has worn off because America has become desensitized.
America’s high profile role models have betrayed all of us … especially the children. There is no shortage of genuine role models, but those in our face every day have fallen from grace.
Immature Hollywood characters and sports figures are to be expected. Immaturity, arrogance, and special privilege is exposed to us a daily basis … but, not always from the usual suspects.
Judges, Mayors, Congresspeople, Senators, Religious Leaders and Military figures are redefining Truth, Honor and Honesty in America.
Honesty is the primary victim, accountability is lost in the noise and integrity is not profitable anymore. How do we teach our children to be honest? How do we convince our children to be truthful and honest?
Politicians, judges, prosecutors and policeman look out for each other, while they lock up the everyday citizens for anything from the trivial to the atrocious. If they make us all look like criminals, their indiscretions don’t appear as damning. Can they control and threaten us to stop the questions we ask? The latest round of Role Models crashing around us include sports figures, politicians, judges and various celebrities. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they commit sexual crimes … They deny over and over and over … only to look like cartoon characters once they are finally nailed to the wall with overwhelming evidence.
The most disgusting aspect of all this, is the damage to those who dare speak the truth. Some ‘TruthHuggers’ are blasted, bruised and discredited by high profile criminals protecting their advantages of celebrity and wealth. This is the legacy America is leaving to it’s children.
Certainly, there are local heroes, who stretch their capabilities to help individuals and their communities. But, sadly, there are fewer and fewer state or national heroes that are infallible. These high profile celebrities, politicians, clerics, sports figures and judges are crashing all around us.
Superman would have to change his motto from “Truth, Justice and the American Way”, to “Our Way or No Way” or “America, the land of the Free to Lie, Cheat and Steal …” The world watches America’s headlines and judges us as not trustworthy. Our children learn from us and figure out better ways to Lie, Cheat and Steal.
Lets not make a list of the fallen role models … too depressing.
The Texas Progressive Alliance is digging in for another long legislative session as it brings you this week’s roundup.
Cut taxes, create a structural deficit, cut education and the safety net which results in a surplus. Rinse and repeat. WCNews at Eye on Williamson wants to make sure everyone hasn’t forgotten the past, Do you remember how we got here?
As early voting began, Brains and Eggs had the most comprehensive coverage of the special election to replace the late Mario Gallegos in the Texas Senate. A post on the protest at TransCanada, two posts on Sylvia Garcia’s aggressive campaign against Carol Alvarado, a post on the candidate who boycotted one of the debates, and a post critical of the exceptionally lame media coverage of the election highlighted a busy week.
Over at TexasKaos, lightseeker gives you the skivvy on the educational funding issue including the latest lamebrain schemes from our Republican leaders. Check it out at : Texas Education-The Same Old Fools In Charge Part 2.
Neil at Texas Liberal posted that a grave with a view of traffic would be a fitting end to an urban Houston life.
Texas History for the Week of January 13 – 19
|Future scalp hunter enlists in army (1847)|
|“Red Fox of the Big Thicket” arrested for the first time (1939)|
|Rival cities cooperate to open gigantic airport (1974)|
|English noble dies in drunken debauch (1885)|
|Former governor Alan Shivers dies (1985)|
|War effort proceeds as huge Texas base is activated (1942)|
|Governor urges Texans to make sacrifices (1865)|
|Alianza Hispano-Americana founded (1894)|
|Texas Memorial Museum opens (1939)|
|Governor grasps at federal straw to stay in office (1874)|
|Company chartered to build road from Houston to Austin (1841)|
|Confederate veterans create orphanage (1867)|
|Prussian mapmaker retires from General Land Office (1899)|
|Historian Joe B. Frantz born (1917)|
|Church organized in Swedish community (1897)|
|A Prussian lens on South Tejas (1860)|
|Mexican Federalists declare independence at Laredo convention (1840)|
|First appearance of Popeye (1929)|
|Barbara Jordan dies (1996)|
|A Connecticut Yankee in Texas (1821)|
|Texas historian and author born in Cincinnati (1817)|
|Marshall University chartered (1842)|
|Populist farmer elected president of Texas Farmers’ Alliance (1887)|
|Scandal purges body politic (1971)|
|German school chartered in Austin (1858)|
|Huge state park opened to public (1991)|
|Waterloo approved as nl ofew capita Texas (1839)|
|Mosqueda robs railroad, becomes hero (1891)|