Government Has The Right To Make Us Do Stuff For The Public Good

I got a safety inspection and emissions check today. The State of Texas mandates that cars get a safety inspection and that cars in high pollution counties get an emissions test. Government has the right to mandate people to do things in order to serve the public good. Government has that right even in Texas. […]

Focus on Legislature

The gubnatorial race in Texas is getting a lot of attention as it should, but I wanted to put in a simple plug to pay attention to the races in our state legislature. This site gets out to a lot of folks in a lot of places, so I don’t want to talk specifics. Each […]

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Sarah

Since it falls under the heading of cruel and unusual punishment, I won’t subject anyone to the video of Sean Hannity interviewing Sarah Palin yesterday. For the masochistic, News Hounds has it. But here’s some of what Palin said in response to President Obama telling NBC’s Brian Williams that there is a “network of misinformation” […]

Take That, Teetotalers

As W. C. Fields once said, “It was a woman who drove me to drink and I never even had the courtesy to thank her for it.” And according to this latest study showing that abstainers have higher mortality rates than either heavy or moderate drinkers,  I owe additional thanks for a few extra years […]

Restoring Honor

Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally this weekend showed the true power and magnitude of Beck and his message. The supposed noble goal: Restoring honor, taking back the civil rights movement, and to pay tribute to America’s military personnel and others “who embody our nation’s founding principles of integrity, truth and honor.” While most attention has […]

What’s worse?

As we have seen over the past couple of years, prejudice and racism is on the rise. Xenophobia seems to be growing. All of it is threatening to come to a head. However, as I was reading Charles Krauthhammer’s column on Sunday, while I usually disagree vehemently with him and did this time, I noticed […]

Dueling Press Conferences Detail Tea Party Efforts Against Right Of All To Vote In Harris County

Rival press conferences were held last Friday in Downtown Houston as details continue to emerge about what appears to be a campaign of suppression and intimidation against poor and minority voters by conservatives in Houston and Harris County, Texas. One press conference was held by the non-partisan voter registration group Houston Votes, while the other […]

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts

Thanks to Shortstuff for the inspiration! Unlike many of the talking heads who now appear on various “news” shows, Edward R. Murrow was a journalist with integrity who not only fought for free speech, but for TRUTH in journalism as well. He once said at the RTNDA Convention in Chicago in 1958 to a group […]

Arson at Tennessee Mosque Site

Three in a little over a week, and counting: “Federal officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the site of a new Islamic center in a Nashville suburb. Ben Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS Affiliate WTVF that the fire, which burned construction equipment at the future site of […]