The Texas Text-twits Are At it Again

Fresh from disappearing minorities, including Thurgood Marshall and Caesar Chavez from textbook – The Texas Textbook Taliban is at it again…

This time trying to disappear one of the world’s major religions… Islam.

Textbooks May Be Too Pro-Islam, Anti-Christian, Texas State Education Board Says

Students in Texas may be getting a glorified view of Islam, according to some state education leaders who are pushing for a resolution that would denounce social studies textbooks as biased against Christianity.

Though the president of conservative-leaning Texas State Board of Educationsupports the measure as promotingreligious equality in schools, faith leaders and activists have condemned the board’s proposal as intolerant and anti-Muslim.

“It’s clearly just an attempt to propagandize the state’s student population against the faith of Islam,” said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington D.C.-based Council on Islamic-American Relations. “Somehow they were getting too rosy a picture of Islam.”

The Texas Board of Dis-Education… A group of sanctimonious conservative twits taking child molestation to a whole new level.

Texas Capital Goes Wild West With Guns

Once upon a time there was an Arms Race between the United States and the old Soviet Union…

Now, in certain parts of this country there is an arms race – just to be well enough armed to be safe to see your congressman or, for that matter Jesus in a Church.

Gun permit allows quick access to Texas Capitol

Everyone from lobbyists to lawyers and journalists is rushing to get permits to carry guns inside the Texas Capitol, where legislators already often tote pistols in boots and purses or stow them away inside their desks.

A unique loophole in a new security procedure means a gun permit is like a special-access pass into the domed building, allowing people who are certified to carry a gun to bypass lines at the metal detectors that were set up after a shooting incident earlier this year.

“Nobody wants to be the one standing in line behind three hundred kids wearing the same colored T-shirt,” said University of Texas political scientist Jim Henson. “If you’re trying to get in and out really quick and there’s going to be choke points, well, people don’t want to have to deal with that.”

There’s now a frenzy for folks to get trained and licensed to carry a firearm, especially before the legislative session begins in January. It’s not required that people have a gun to enter the Capitol through the express lane. Merely holding a valid permit, and presenting it at the entrance, will get them expedited entry.

“Everybody is doing it or is planning to do it,” said lobbyist Bill Miller, who has taken the required training and is waiting for his license to arrive in the mail. Continue reading

Move Over Alvin Greene!

Meet Kesha Rogers, Democrat Candidate from Texas who wants to impeach President Obama

Is She the Texan Alvin Greene?

She wants to impeach President Obama, ran on a campaign platform that includes the colonization of Mars, and thinks the US educational system should focus on the works of Plato and Leibnitz. Meet Kesha Rogers, winner of the Democratic primary for Tom DeLay’s old US Senate seat in Texas’ 22nd district. While South Carolina Dems are still baffled about how to deal with Alvin Greene, their Texas counterparts are rushing to disavow Rogers,Time reports.

Rogers, a 33-year-old Lyndon LaRouche Youth Movement activist, campaigned on the slogan “Save NASA. Impeach Obama.” She won 53% of the primary vote in an aerospace-industry-heavy district that includes the NASA Johnson Space Center. The state party has denied any support for her. “I can’t explain the result,” a Houston Dem said. “Stuff just happens sometimes, especially in races where not much attention is being paid.” “I don’t think the Democratic Party leadership is getting it,” Rogers countered. “The people continue to see more and more economic devastation and they don’t see any real leadership.”

Beginning to think about starting a scientific study on whether radiation from cell phones is driving Americans batshit crazy.

Texas Tar Baby – Republicans Stuck to Big Oil

After the now prophetical “Drill, Baby, Drill” of the 2008 Republican Convention, Republicans are finding it hard to scrub the black oily stuff from their image…

If you blinked today you might have missed this remarkable turnaround – Just the headlines:

GOP Rep. Apologizes to Hayward, BP for $20B Fund- CALLS WHITE HOUSE PRESSURE A $20B SHAKEDOWN’

Rep. Joe Barton told Hayward he was “ashamed” of the pressure the White House put on BP to create the $20 billion escrow fund to cover losses to victims of the spill. “I think it’s a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would call a shakedown,” the Texan said. “In this case a $20 billion shakedown.”

Joe Barton’s BP Apology Could Be ‘Game-Changing’ – PUNDITS THINK DEMOCRATS HAVE A LINE OF ATTACK

Steve Benen, Washington Monthly: “We’ll see if Barton is forced to walk back his apology, but at this point, his remarks may be one of the year’s game-changing moments.”

Fellow GOP Congressman Wants Barton Off Panel – FLORIDA LAWMAKER BLASTS APOLOGY TO BP

A fellow Republican has called on Joe Barton to step down from the House Energy Committee forapologizing to BP’s CEO. Rep. Jeff Miller, who represents the Pensacola district of Florida—one of the areas most affected by the Gulf oil spill—said Barton’s conciliatory comments to Tony Hayward “call into question his judgment and ability to serve in a leadership on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” the Hill reports.

Barton Retracts Apology to BP – TEXAS REPUBLICAN REGRETS USE OF WORD ‘SHAKEDOWN

“I apologize for using the term ‘shakedown’ with regard to yesterday’s actions at the White House in my opening statement this morning, and I retract my apology to BP,” said the Texas Republican in a statement.

“I regret the impact that my statement this morning implied that BP should not pay for the consequences of their decisions and actions in this incident,” said his statement, as per CBS.

GOP Leaders Ordered Barton to Apologize, ‘Immediately’ – BOEHNER, CANTOR LAID DOWN THE LAW

So what prompted Joe Barton’s quick retraction of his apology to BP? A sincere change of heart, maybe. Or it could have been the meeting with House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor, who told him, “Apologize, immediately. Or you will lose your (committee) position, immediately,” reports the Washington Post.

Oh My… All in 4 hours! Mr Barton must have bumped into his staff still leaving the conference room before they could all file out!

Of Course Rep Barton and Republicans have another problem… A comment he made in 2004:

“Offshore drilling and production platforms are so technologically advanced that one platform on the surface of the water can handle production from several different wells several miles apart, house a myriad of technologically advanced computer systems, employ scores of personnel, generate electricity, enable people to face and conquer the adversities of living in the middle of the ocean, and do so 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; all without so much as losing a gum wrapper over the side of the platform. It is truly amazing,” Barton said, at an opening for aSubcommittee on Energy and Air Quality hearingon April 29, 2004.

And the small issue that Mr Barton has received $1.2 million in campaign contributions from big oil…

Charter School Teacher Attacks Child

In Texas, Charter school teachers are not required to be certified – they are not even required to have any education above High School. Indeed, regulation of Charter schools is so loose in Texas – the only surprise is incidents like this don’t happen daily.

Worse – Janiqua Johnson and other witnesses told KHOU that four or five school employees were present in the classroom. The students claimed they felt intimidated by some teachers after the video became public. The beating took place 2 weeks ago – and the school apparently did nothing until the video became public, despite – as can be seen on the video numerous witnesses.

13 Year Old Isaiah Reagins’ family says the boy suffered a black eye and other bruises.

Sheri Lynn Davis, who was fired on Monday night as a science teacher at Jamie’s House Charter School, a centre for children with disciplinary issues in Houston, Texas, was not required to be certified, the Houston Chronicle reported. Texas law requires charter schools to hire certified teachers only in areas of bilingual and special education.

After her firing, it was learned Davis had a warrant out for her arrest since March 2009, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. The D.A’s office said Davis was accused of slashing a woman’s car tires, all four of them, and she was wanted on a “criminal mischief” charge.

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Texas City Brings Back the Paddle In Schools

Texas City Revives Paddling In The Classroom

In an era when students talk back to teachers, skip class and wear ever-more-risque clothing to school, one central Texas city has hit upon a deceptively simple solution: Bring back the paddle.

Most school districts across the country banned paddling of students long ago. Texas sat that trend out. Nearly a quarter of the estimated 225,000 students who received corporal punishment nationwide in 2006, the latest figures available, were from the Lone Star State.

But even by Texas standards, Temple is unusual. The city, a compact railroad hub of 60,000 people, banned the practice and then revived it at the demand of parents who longed for the orderly schools of yesteryear. Without paddling, “there were no consequences for kids,” said Steve Wright, who runs a construction business and is Temple’s school board president.

Since paddling was brought back to the city’s 14 schools by a unanimous board vote in May, behavior at Temple’s single high school has changed dramatically, Wright said, even though only one student in the school system has been paddled.

“The discipline problem is much better than it’s been in years,” Wright said, something he attributed to the new punishment and to other discipline programs schools are trying. Residents of the city’s comfortable homes, most of which sport neighborly, worn chairs out front, praise the change.

Some countries, most notably Singapore utilize corporal punishment which may be utilized in lieu of jail time for certain minor crimes, and as a sentence “accelerator” for serious crimes. If tightly regulated and controlled – it seems a much better alternative than imprisonment – especially for younger offenders.

Temple’s system requires both the approval of the parents, and the approval of the student, in that paddling is offered as an alternative to suspension. With the “super-sizing” of kids in this country by fast food – I wonder if the old Military System of 20 push-ups, or a jog or two around the track might be more advantageous…

Rehabilitating Racism – The Right Wing Media and Politicians

One of the features of the rise of the Tea Bagged nation and other extremist right wing groups facilitated by Faux News commentary – is the permissive atmosphere generated for racism.

Segregated Schools, segregated proms, racial attacks, and racial intimidation still continue to be prominet fixtures in the most conservative regions of our country, the so called “Red Zone”.

Conservative and Republican politicians freely associate with extremist groups, including Hate Groups.

So it isn’t any real surprise that in America, 40 years after the passage of Civil Rights Legislation – the racism continues…

Especially not in Texas, where conservatives have gone so far as to virtually erase the Hispanic population from the states school text books.

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Tea Party Express… Self-Demolition in Texas

First the Tea Baggers paid $100.000 to listen to some inane drivel by the Sno’ Ho’, who basically self-destructed by using her Hillbilly Palm Pilot…

Debra Medina, the Tea Party candidate for the Republican nomination to run for Governor of Texas (the Texas Gun Ho’?) blew her candidacy up this morning on the uber friendly Glenn Beck Show.

Tea Party Candidate - Texas Gun Ho', Debra Medina

Debra Medina self-destructs on Glenn Beck radio show

This candidacy will self-destruct in five seconds…

Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina imploded on the Glenn Beck radio program this morning when she said she didn’t have an opinion on whether the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Medina, who has literally come out of nowhere to quickly become a legitimate candidate in the Republican primary, first laughed when Beck said he had received emails from listeners saying she was a “9/11 truther.”

“That’s the first time I’ve heard of that accusation,” she said, not exactly denying the charge.

Government conspiracy?

So Beck asked her straight up: “Do you believe the government was in any way involved in the bringing down of the World Trade Centers on 9/11?”

Easy answer, right? Nope.

“I think some very good questions have been raised in that regard,” Medina replied. “There are some very good arguments, and I think the American people have not seen all of the evidence there, so I have not taken a position on that.”

That answer caused a stir in the studio. Beck quickly followed up by asking her if she would disavow any of her staff if they were “9/11 truthers.”

“Well, you know, that’s a federal issue. We’re very focused on issues in Texas, on Texas state government,” she said. “I’m certainly not into mind control or thought policing people. “We’ve got a very diverse team in this state and that’s because Texans are standing shoulder to shoulder to support and defend the Constitution. I frankly don’t have time, you know, to go through and do psychological testing on people and know every thought or detail that they have.”

Buh-bye

After that, Beck politely thanked Medina for appearing on his program and dismissed her future political hopes.

“I think I can write her off the list,” he said. “Let me take another look at [candidate] Kay Bailey Hutchison, if I have to.”

“Rick, I think you and I could French kiss right now,” he said of Texas’s current governor, Rick Perry who is running for re-election.

“Wow,” Beck continued. “Wow. The fastest way back to four percent,” he said of Medina’s one-time standing in the polls. A recent survey showed her only four points behind Hutchison with 24 percent of the vote.

What I meant to say was… Continue reading

Hang ‘em High

Texas Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller and Michael Wayne Richard

Texas Judge Sharon "Killer" Keller and Michael Wayne Richard

Texas judge who shut door on a death row appeal is on trial for misconduct

A prominent Texas judge says she will take the stand to answer charges of professional misconduct for refusing to hear a last-minute appeal from a condemned prisoner that came in after normal office hours, The Associated Press reports.

Sharon Keller, a Republican dubbed “Sharon Killer” for her tough stance on crime, faces a special hearing at the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct that could result in her removal from the bench of the state’s highest criminal court.

In 2007, Keller had instructed a staffer to close the court after 5 p.m. at a time when lawyers for a convicted killer were scrambling to seek a stay of execution in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the man’s case, the AP reports.

The efforts to file the appeal had been delayed by computer glitches and the prisoner’s lawyers had called at 4:45 p.m. to request a delay, but were told by the judge that “we close at 5 p.m.”

The prisoner was executed by lethal injection about three hours later.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that Keller had engaged in “willful or persistent conduct that cast public discredit on the judiciary” and multiple newspaper editorials condemned her actions.

More – Continue reading

A Bit More of the Post-Racialism in America

Our Hispanic brothers and sisters recieve a bit of the “love”…

While it is certainly within this woman’s right to display such a sign on her own home, one needs question the mental acuity of such an individual.

Apparently, BTX3’s blog is getting enough traffic now to gather a few of the same type of weeds, which is OK – because the discussion here can get very…

Darwinian.

Especially if you can’t defend your point.

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