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A Special Kind of Stupid Coming Out of Texas

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Is there a member of Congress from Texas more ridiculous than Ted Cruz? Louie Gohmert, you say? Possibly…but here’s another candidate for your consideration.

via Foolocracy:

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold backed the government shutdown and the attempts to tie it to Obamacare. The shutdown riled up a lot of voters in Farenthold’s district. He was interviewed by a Corpus Christi television station, KRISTV, about the political fallout from the shutdown.

Farenthold responded to the reporter’s comment that many of Farenthold’s constituents will no longer support him. The reporter specifically mentioned how some disabled vets are upset that they faced losing their disability checks. In a particularly foolish misstep, Farenthold dismissed those disabled vets with this comment:

“I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn’t free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you’re after.”

Here’s a Congressman asking disabled vets, who have suffered life-threatening wounds and lost limbs defending this country, to make a “small sacrifice” for Farenthold’s political agenda.

[…] It takes a special type of political stupidity to dis disabled vets…further evidence that the reactionaries currently in control of the GOP in the House are in their own Bizarro political world.

Tbogg‘s take on Texas and Farenthold.

It is a well established fact that America only tolerates Texas because it has oil and Austin and probably something else of value that I can’t think of off the top of my head. Let’s see …. nope … I got nothin’. But there are times when Texas gets on our last nerve (to be fair, that is usually reserved for Florida) and we just shake our heads and start to wonder if maybe Mexico would be willing to take Texas back if we can find the receipt in a drawer somewhere , and even if we  have to pay a 15% restocking fee.

I know I’d chip in.

Which brings us to Texas’s own Blake Farenthold (R-Golden Corral), who barely squeaked into office in his first go-around, but then his district was redrawn (moar whitez, less brownz) and now he will hold his seat until the End Times, who is here to explain that America’s disabled vets need to suck it up and take one for the team and that they should rub some dirt on it and put whatever skin they didn’t leave behind on the battlefield into the game when it comes to “sacrifice”.

Having spent a fair amount of time in Texas, let me say that there are a number of things in that state worth saving besides Austin. San Antonio is one of them. Love that little city.

The real problem in Texas is the same one that plagues all red states. The Republican party. Get rid of the Perrys, Gohmerts and Farentholds and you’re three quarters of the way into restoring Texas’s reputation. Demographics is doing its part with an increase in the number of Hispanic voters. A couple more election cycles should do the trick…maybe even sooner with the help of Wendy Davis who has a real shot at replacing Perry in the governor’s mansion.


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Purple Texas

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Let’s be clear about this: If Latinos voted at the same rates as whites, Texas would already be Purple. And all other things remaining equal, it would’ve provided Mitt Romney with his second closest victory margin last year. Except that all things wouldn’t have been equal—a five-point race would’ve meant lots of money. Democrats would’ve poured resources into the state, while Republicans would’ve been forced to divert their cash to playing defense.

How important is Texas? If Republicans lost it, they could win Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin and still lose the election. In other words, lose Texas, or even be forced to defend that expensive-ass state, and Republicans are screwed.

So the math is clear—Texas would be purple of Latinos voted. But they don’t, so who cares, right? Well, Republicans should, because even with the same existing shitty turnout rate the growth in the Latino and Asian communities will erode the GOP’s base by about 5 1/2 points every four years, or about 1.4 points per year.

In other words, demographics alone will make Texas purple by 2024. And if Latinos decide to start voting, years sooner.

Of the 15 senators who voted against debating immigration reform, 13 were from red states, including Texas’ Ted Cruz. As Kos points out, there is no better reason for Republicans to vote for immigration reform than that of holding on to Texas. And yet, it’s going to be an uphill battle getting a bill out of the Senate and near impossible to get it through the House where Tea Party Republicans have vowed to block any and all legislation.

Who is Republican’s worst enemy? Republicans.


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When Did Ignorance Become a Point of View?

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When did ignorance become
a point of view? ~Dilbert

Is it time yet to make a double-digit IQ a prerequisite to running for public office?

Via Foolocracy:

Texas Rep. Joe Barton doesn’t believe in anthropogenic climate change. That’s partially because he is firmly in the pocket of Big Oil. The oil and gas industry is the largest contributor to Barton’s warchest.

However, Barton’s fervor to deny that humans have anything to do with climate change has taken a new direction. In a bizarre reference to the Great Flood of the Bible, Barton is using that as evidence that hydrocarbons don’t change the climate. How Barton draws that comparison is going to have to be left to the imagination. Barton doesn’t elaborate on what forty days of rain in antiquity has to do with the present-day earth warming.

Perhaps he is thinking that today’s rising sea levels are the same challenge that Noah had building an ark. If only the answer to climate change was so simple. Here is the great environmental insight from Barton:

“I would point out that people like me who support hydrocarbon development don’t deny that climate is changing. I think you can have an honest difference of opinion of what’s causing that change without automatically being either all in that’s all because of mankind or it’s all just natural. I think there’s a divergence of evidence.”

“I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.

It’s probably impossible to pack more stupid into a single statement but that won’t stop Barton and his fellow Texas Republicans (Rick Perry, Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, Steve Stockman – to name a few) from attempting to do that very thing the next time they find themselves in front of a microphone. You can count on it.


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Crazy and Armed in Texas

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It takes a special kind of stupid.

A Republican state representative in Texas is calling to cut the number of hours of training required to obtain a concealed-carry permit by more than half, but shooting instructors say that the proposal would create a public safety hazard.

State Rep. Dan Flynn (R) recently introduced House Bill 47, which would reduce class hours from 10 hours to four, and remove the requirement for instruction on handgun “proficiency.”

The lawmaker told WFAA on Tuesday that the proposal would eliminate some of the hassle for the record number of Texans now trying to acquire permission to conceal a weapon.

Why? I doubt that even the NRA would advocate for a reduction of the number of hours of training required to obtain a gun permit. But who the hell knows. Crazy doesn’t play by any rules of logic known to man.


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Texas Says Yes To Guns but No To Health Care

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At least three people were shot in a shooting at Lone Star College in north Houston, Texas some time before 12:30 PM. Witnesses on the scene say the shooting may have escalated after a heated argument, possibly over a bad grade. At least two victims were caught in the crossfire and suffered “multiple gun shot wounds,” KTRK reports, and are in serious condition. They were brought into surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital. One of the victims — who was shot in the leg — is a school employee. The other, a younger student, was found on the ground unconscious, with his eyes closed.

…reminded me of an email a friend sent me with a poster attached containing the words you see in the illustration above. I’d give credit to the author of those words but there was none mentioned.

Texas has some of the most lax gun laws around and they’ve been making a lot of noise bitching about President Obama’s suggestion that gun control laws be tightened in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings. Texas’ pea-brained governor, Rick Perry, believes that the fix to gun violence lies not in tighter gun laws but instead in more prayer.

“As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.”

Yeah, that’s it. Pray for the nation’s children while you make it easier for any kook to obtain semi-automatic weapons without as much as a background check. And while you’re at it, let bullshit politicians like Marco Rubio parade about uttering their NRA-endorsed crap.

“President Obama is targeting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.”

When you have nothing else, lies and fear will have to suffice. Blaming gun violence on video games and movies is not going to make a dent in the number of people killed each year by gunfire. Only 52 people in Canada were killed by gunfire in 2011; Japan had 48 and Great Britain had 8. In the same year, there were just under 11,000 people killed in the United States by gunshots and yet Canada, Japan and Great Britain have the exact same violent video games and movies available to their population as does the U.S. Might not the reason for the high death rate by guns in the U.S. be that it has the laxest gun laws in the industrialized world while Canada, Japan and the U.K. have some of the strictest?

And while Rick Perry works on making guns easily available for all, he’s refusing to implement parts of ObamaCare that would make health care more affordable for all of his state’s citizens – 25 percent of which have no health insurance.

In a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Perry said he will not implement an health insurance exchange. Also, he will not expand Medicaid to cover families earning below 133% of the Federal poverty level. That leaves an estimated 1.5 million Texans eligible for expanded Medicaid coverage without healthcare and leaving an estimated $13 billion in Federal funds to be distributed to other states.)

Perry wrote, “I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our Constitution and our founding principles of limited government.

Which state has the worst healthcare in the country? According to a study by the US Department of Health and Human Services, it’s…Texas. Surprise!

Guns, yes. Health care, no. And that, my friends, is how you take care of the citizens of your state.
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