Tag Archives: Texas

In Praise of Professional Politicians

One of the Tea Party articles of faith holds that all politicians, but at least legislators, should hold their positions only as part time jobs, meet as few times as possible, and otherwise live normal lives, and hold normal jobs, so they understand the pressures of ordinary Americans and avoid falling prey to “Washington” sensibilities. […]

This Actually Happened

The Republican audience, reminded of the 234 individuals executed during Rick Perry’s tenure as Texas governor, actually applauded: This doesn’t strike me as a pro- or anti-death penalty issue. It’s one of basic human decency. Punishment — any punishment — isn’t a joyful answer to crime. It’s one to be dispensed solemnly, with cognizance that another’s […]

Today’s Thin Excuses for Scientific Denialism

No-one is more surprised than me by the vocal, negative reaction we’re seeing among conservatives actually offended by the charge that their candidates, especially Rick Perry, are “anti-science.” I rather thought this would be a point of pride; isn’t “mainstream science” an “elitist” liberal construct? In any event, the counter-offensive, supplied by the National Review‘s Rich Lowry, goes […]

Are Atheists “Too Sensitive”? Let’s Flip the Question

HotAir flags another unsurprisingly short-sighted move by American Atheists: petitioning to change the name of a street — “Seven in Heaven Way,” named for seven local firefighters who died heroically on 9/11 — because it apparently signifies the State’s adoption of the Christian “Heaven” as an official public belief. For once, HotAir is partially right! […]

Creeping Nullification in Texas

It’s not just for “ObamaCare” any longer: Perry wants to put a stop the TSA’s “enhanced pat-down” practice, by passing a state law making it a crime to conduct the investigation. This suggests to me that nullification isn’t, for Perry, a remedy for extreme situations. It’s a regular tool for maintaining the vertical balance of power […]

Belated Reflection on Texas Independence Day

Although I missed it on this site, yesterday was Texas Independence Day, commemorating the Republic’s Declaration of Independence from Mexico, dated yesterday, 1836. As usual, the event is marked by recitation of the (many) strong, sometimes poetic statements of the Texas uniqueness, including this from Sam Houston: Texas has yet to learn submission to any […]

In Defense of the Federal Government

The federal government, the old song goes, is an intruder; anything she does can be done better, smaller, cheaper, and with less of an intrusion on personal liberties by the states. And nowhere is tune carried with more pride than in Texas; but at Governor Rick Perry’s inaugural address, immediately preceded by the remarkably, ah, […]

The Compromise That Isn’t; and, Where Do We Go, From Here?

Texas conservatives are so reasonable. After Judge Walker’s landmark holding in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, they’re willing to meet the pro-equality lobby halfway: civil unions! But no marriage, because that means churches would be forced to marry gay couples. This editorial demonstrates two things: first, that Judge Walker’s detractors haven’t bothered to read the opinion. See: […]

You May All Go To Hell

But the rest of the country, it seems, will go to Texas. Andrew Sullivan highlights massive migration to Austin, Texas, which is, truly, heaven on earth. Left unspoken are the likely effects of this migration. Apart from impacts on Austin itself, whose Edenic status almost depends on its relative obscurity (how many town houses can […]

Photoblog for a Day

Busy times at work, so, art? Hamilton, Texas at sunset — this is on the periphery of town, two blocks off the town square. Click to enlarge!