Friday, April 22, 2005

Another of Bubba's Heros

Richard from NY Times photo

Last week I had the privledge of attending a local Democratic club meeting where Richard Morrison spoke. The meeting was only lightly attended (about 30 people), so it was more of an intimate discussion than a speech by Morrison.

If you don't know who Morrison is, I like to refer to him as the Luke Skywalker of U.S. politics. I call him this because he is the one taking on the Darth Vader of the House of Representatives head on, the one and only Tom DeLay. Richard is the 2006 Democratic candidate for Congressional District 22 here in Houston where Tommy D. is the current incumbent. Richard first ran in 2004 and got over 40% of the vote despite being outspent nearly 4 to 1 in a heavily Republican district.

Anyone who has ever met Richard Morrison knows what a warm and personable man he is. Not only that, but he is a tireless worker, and is fearless in his competition, both past and present, with the Bug Man From Sugarland.

In the wide ranging talk and following discussion, Morrison primarily addressed three topics: 1) Get out and do everything we can to support AJ Durrani for School Board Trustee. Richard stressed the help that AJ has been to his campaign. He was trying to return the favor.

2) Democrats must get involved in their communities. We must stand up and take leadership positions. We cannot allow the Republicans to take the lead roles at our churches, our schools, our civic associations, and our clubs. We must REPRESENT!

3) DeLay is bad! DeLay is corrupt! But, DeLay has lots of money. To beat him Richard needs money. He has a contribution program called Defeat DeLay Every Day where $10 is deducted monthly from contributors accounts. If 10,000 people sign up for this program it will generate almost $2,000,000 before the next election. Go to his web site and contribute.

The one thing, however, that Richard said that really caught my attention was when he called himself a Bubba. It almost brought tears to my eyes.

Fire up the Millenium Falcon boys, Chewy and me are in this fight now!

Good luck Richard, and may the force be with you!


Thursday, April 21, 2005

A Little Whine, A Little Song

So the Texas legislature , instead of working on how to equitably fund public education, has decided to worry about whether gays should be allowed to foster children. Seems they worry that homosexuals provide a negative learning environment for the children in their care. So much so, that it would be better for these neglected and abused kids to be left with their neglectful and abusive parents, or be placed in a group home, where they can learn all the meaningful lessons available there. A little song popped into my head. It is to the tune of "America" from West Side Story. It's a little crude, but then so is this subject.

We love to hate you...
Gay, lesbian, or bisexual...
Always your privacy we're invading...
Always your liberties we are taking...

We love to hate gays in America!
No respect for gays in America!
You're screwed if you're gay in America!
Just not by whom you choose in America!

"I'd like to marry me girlfriend."
"So sorry, Miss, this is where your rights end."

"I'd like to be married to this man."
"No way Jose, its not in Gods plan."

We love to hate gays in America!
No respect for gays in America!
You're screwed if you're gay in America!
Just not by whom you choose in America!

"What about our rights for adoption?"
"I'm sorry, Sir, that not an option."

"Okay, well just foster."
"Gay parents are not what were after."

We love to hate gays in America!
No respect for gays in America!
You're screwed if your gay in America!
Just not by whom you choose in America!


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Dead Man Talking

In case you haven't seen these, Garry Trudeau is devoting this weeks Doonsbury to Tom DeLay. Here are the week's strips, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Enjoy!


Monday, April 18, 2005

The Big Evil

As an update to the many mini posts I've made in the last few days, here are some excellent comments and commentary on the subject of Tom DeLay & the NRA Convention, failure of the NRA people to substantiate the claim of wide spread bias in the MSM and a funny little editorial praising our HML for his help(?) in improving traffic in Houston. I guess the HC was a still a little sensitive to the bias charges, LOL. And here is one more tasty morsel that just popped up while I was linking the others. Seems DeLay has been reaching out to his peeps, trying to get the TRUTH to the faithful.

Which is really funny, because the subject of tonight's tirade was going to be the TRUTH and how we have all become so immune to hearing it. Let's start with William Raspberry's excellent column, questioning Fox News self-proclaimed, fair and balanced bias to the right. Raspberry worries that Fox News Channel is skewing public opinion, not only of the subjects they are reporting, but of TV News, the MSM and journalism as a whole. When they give a nod & a wink to the right in declaring the fairness of their reporting, it forces more than just their audience to notice the wide divergence between what is said on Fox to that of most other media outlets. When this difference is questioned, FNC reply that ALL NEWS is biased. We read what we want to believe, watch what we want to be true.

Americans are loosing clarity on what TRUTH really means. Fox News; Tom DeLay & the Christian Right; Dan Rather & CBS; Iraq & WMD; Bush, Rummy & Cheney; Kerry& his voting record, Gore & the internet; Bill & Monica; Reagan & Iran-Contra; Nixon & Watergate; Vietnam. Back in the 70's people were scandalized when told they had been lied to and Nixon was forced to resign. The press was lionized as the savior of the American way. Over time our leaders have continued to lie to us, and we have become more blase about castigating them. They are politicians after all, most of them lawyers, but the press continued to be the good guys.

Somewhere along the line, spin took control. There were no more black and white issues, just ones spun to previously unimaginable shades of grey. People do it, companies do it. Polititions & the press are all guilty of contributing to the spin factor. As the spin gets more out of control, so does our balance. Our inner ear, our inner voice, seek comfort and control, something to filter out the noise and what is more soothing - a peaceful lie or messy, dirty truth?

Now, I'm not advocating a return to the black and white simplicity of the wonder years. I wallow in pools of grey with every post I make on this site. The CCR would like to cover our country in a blanket of warm cozy deceit and self-deception, everything is beautiful (ever see Life is Beautiful?). We as people, as citizens, should keep our eyes, ears and minds open. It may not be pretty, but it is more true, more real than burying our head in the sand. We should ask the MSM, the blogosphere and our government to speak the truth. We may not always like what we hear, but it is a damn site better than living the big lie.