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Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 9

Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.



1. Pompous Blowhard of the Year Award: Bill O'Reilly

When I thought about who deserved this award, there were more than a few candidates screaming out the windows of the Crackpot Asylum. But one truly bizarre person has built a reputation that is so synonymous with the words "pompous" and "blowhard" that there can really be only one true champeen!

-snip-

2. FOX "News" announces new spinoff: the "FOX Benghazi™" Shopping Channel!



Watching FOX "News" during the last year -- in fact, over the last two years, has been like watching a blinding bright yellow flashing road sign, a sign that screams "Benghazi!," flashing it over and over again. Don't worry, when you pass the first one, there'll be another, even bigger flashing Benghazi! sign every 50 yards. Benghazi. Benghazi. Benghazi! Benghazi! After all, the old sign that said "Birth Certificate!" burned out.

-snip-

3. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 11: DiGiorno Pizza

Now, in the wake of the sad tale of footballer Ray Rice cold-cocking his then-fiancée-now-wife in an elevator, DiGiorno goes and comments on a twitter account, #WhyIStayed, which someone set up so battered women could explain why they stay with their abusers. Many of the reasons are poignant, even if they aren't quite enough for many of us to fully understand. Reasons offered often deal with things like staying so my unborn child will have a dad or because they believed that every time would be the last time, etc.

In a fine example of typical corporate arrogance, stupidity, and insensitivity, some genius at DiGiorno added what he or she saw as a perfectly reasonable reason to stay with the man who may, some day, kill you:



- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican_31.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jan 2, 2015, 09:49 PM (0 replies)

2015 Texas: The Muck Starts Here

By Carol Morgan

Forget about losing weight and quitting smoking, Texans need to resolve to pay more attention in 2015.

The recent controversies, suspected fraud, and backroom deals taking place within Texas state agencies are happening so fast that it’s hard to keep up. Procurement deals and outsourcing contracts for state services sail through the bureaucratic paces with barely a cursory examination.

And maybe it’s even possible that turning a blind eye is intentional.

Lack of oversight has been a growing problem in Texas for a long time. Does anyone remember Accenture? Or Cintra? No lessons learned here obviously; Texas is still doing business with both.

And what about Texas’ $462 million student testing contract with Pearson’s in 2013? New York chose to take Pearson’s to court, but not Texas.

And then, just like the dark climax in a film noir, here comes the 21CT nightmare. Apparently, it’s been brewing like a pustule on someone’s dirty backside for several years.

The Austin-American Statesman has done an excellent job of investigating the $90 million dollar lucrative, no-bid state contract with 21CT. It’s ironic that it involves the Inspector General’s office, whose state function (according to the website) is to detect, deter, and correct incidents of fraud, waste, and abuse.

I’ll pause here, so that all of you can finish laughing…

Apparently, Jack Stick and Doug Wilson have been on a witch-hunt for Medicaid fraud for the past 3 years (Stick claimed that “if Jesus Christ were a Medicaid provider, he could find a program violation him.”) and now, their motivation is clear. They had to create a problem to justify the 21CT contract.

The putrid stench of wrong-doing is so deep that Jack Stick, legal counsel for IGO quit, followed by the IGO himself, Doug Wilson, who resigned at the Governor’s request (that means he was fired). It gets more weird as many family members were possibly involved; Wilson’s wife, Stick’s wife, along with Stick’s brother, Jeremy. It doesn’t even count the additional morass of lobbyists and former co-workers connected with Jack Stick that haven’t been named yet.

Of course, there have been no mea culpas, just a lot of head shaking, finger pointing and claims of “I was misled”. While these bad actors are given the benefit of the doubt, the whistleblower, Leah Rayne, was fired for alerting everyone to their misdeeds.

It doesn’t take long to discover that Jack Stick has a long history of questionable behavior. A still-unresolved DWI from September, 2012, taking money in return for dismissing traffic violations as a judge in Bee Cave, sued by a whistleblower for a complaint of his judicial misconduct, and for being a part of the Delay money laundering kerfuffle.

And all of it happening about the same time that the Guv threatened to cut funds for the Public Integrity Unit. Coincidental?

And just yesterday, another questionable contract with the same state agency, involving AT&T.

A recent Harvard study completed in December shows that although Texas is in the middle of the national corruption index, it is at the very top of the corruption index for state executive fraud.

That’s perfectly understandable given the 14 year reign of King Rick, but if you think it will end with his departure, you should know that most of his appointees will still be around, sifted and shifted into different agencies.

Texas needs to clean house, but it will take an excavator to do it. And it won’t get better in 2015.

Abbott will use the excuse of falling oil prices to continue to underfund education and other issues that involve the common citizens of Texas. And the new attorney general and comptroller who have a checkered ethical past will be funneling tax payer money to friends in their networking group.

One party rule in the state of Texas tends to make it easier to pilfer the coffers.

We won’t get the reform we need if we rely on elected officials to enact it for us--from either party. All this talk about 2015's bi-partisan cooperation is nothing more than a cover to push the agenda of predatory capitalism.

Of course, all the mindless fools will be following sports and entertainment news. They won't be paying attention.

Until we disinfect this culture of corruption, nothing of real value will be accomplished in the coming year.

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Carol Morgan is a career/college counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. Email Carol at elizabethcmorgan@sbcglobal.net , follow her on Twitter and on Facebook or visit her writer’s blog at www.carolmorgan.org

http://lubbockonline.com/interact/blog-post/carol-morgan/2014-12-31/2015-texas-muck-starts-here#.VKdBIHvy1Z8

Permission granted to post Carol's blog in its entirety.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jan 2, 2015, 09:35 PM (1 replies)

Police chief said he shot wife moving gun in bed

ATLANTA — A police chief in Georgia told a 911 dispatcher he accidentally shot his sleeping wife while moving a handgun that was in their bed, according to a recording released Friday.

Peachtree City police Chief William McCollom called for help at 4:17 a.m. New Year's Day and reported accidentally shooting his 58-year-old wife, Margaret, while they both slept. The Associated Press obtained a recording of the call Friday through an open records request. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting.

McCollom spoke calmly in the audio recording, telling a dispatcher he needed medical help for an accidental gunshot wound at his suburban home, about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta.

"Who shot her?" the dispatcher asked.

"Me," McCollom said. "The gun was in the bed, I went to move it, and I put it to a side and it went off."

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-01-02/police-chief-said-he-shot-wife-moving-gun-bed#comment-359781

[font color=green]So they were both ammosexuals?[/font]
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jan 2, 2015, 09:22 PM (3 replies)

Beaumont Man Hit by Vehicle, Stabbed Amid Argument with Mother of his children

Police say a 34-year-old Beaumont man suffered minor injuries when the mother of his children hit him with a vehicle then stabbed him during an argument in a parking lot.

In a statement Thursday, Beaumont Police Sgt. Rob Flores said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a business on Washington Boulevard.

Witnesses said the man and woman argued before she hit him with her vehicle. She later got out, stabbed him in the leg, then got back in and tried to hit him again with her vehicle.

The woman eventually drove off, but later phoned police. She was identified as 30-year-old Andrea Williams of Beaumont. She told investigators that the man, who hasn't been identified, was the father of her children.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Beaumont-Man-Hit-by-Vehicle-Stabbed-Amid-Argument-287290791.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jan 2, 2015, 03:37 PM (1 replies)

TCU No. 1 in latest computer ranking

Maybe we should have one more game after next week’s national championship to see who plays TCU.

The Horned Frogs, left out of the College Football Playoff, are the No. 1 team in Jeff Sagarin’s latest rankings after their dismantling of Ole Miss. Sagarin’s rankings were included in the old BCS formula that was replaced by this year’s College Football Playoff.

TCU entered the final season ranked third but fell to sixth after beating Iowa State 55-3. Sagarin’s latest rankings were complied after Thursday’s games.

Oregon beat Florida State 59-20 and Ohio State stunned Alabama 42-35 to advance to the first College Football Playoff National Championship Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium.

Here is his top 10:

1. TCU

2. Ohio State

3. Oregon

4. Alabama

5. Georgia

6. Michigan State

7. Baylor

8. Ole Miss

9. Mississippi State

10. Auburn

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/college-confidential-blog/article5340822.html

Arlington firefighters evacuating homes near propane tanker fire on Interstate 20

Updated at 9:40 a.m.: Arlington firefighters are evacuating residents north and south of Interstate 20 near a big rig fire.

There is concern that the propane tank on the truck could explode. Crews are monitoring the fire while it burns out.

Updated post at 9:13 a.m.: Both westbound and eastbound lanes are closed on Interstate 20 near Green Oaks Boulevard. A wrecked propane truck is still on fire.

Original post at 7:21 a.m.: Interstate 20 in Arlington is closed after an 18-wheeler caught fire early Friday.

Read more: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/01/westbound-lanes-on-interstate-20-in-arlington-closed-due-to-big-rig-fire.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Fri Jan 2, 2015, 01:23 PM (3 replies)

University of Incarnate Word officer in Cameron Redus shooting resigns, school confirms

SAN ANTONIO — University of the Incarnate Word police officer Cpl. Chris Carter, who shot and killed UIW student Cameron Redus in December of 2013, has resigned, a university spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Carter submitted his resignation from the University on Dec. 10, four days following the one-year anniversary of Redus' death, said Margaret Garcia, a spokeswoman for the school. Garcia refused to comment further regarding his resignation.

Mark Hall, a Redus family spokesman, said he first heard on Wednesday from media that Carter had resigned, but he says the family has not been contacted by school officials yet.

"I can't say that I'm surprised," Hall said.

Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/UIW-officer-in-Cameron-Redus-shooting-resigns-5989199.php

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http://www.democraticunderground.com/107818526

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Thu Jan 1, 2015, 05:59 PM (0 replies)

I bet that El Supremo didn't like seeing this caption the other night



It will probably be the only time my alma mater will receive any mention on an NCAA Division I game.

Crackpot Utopia: The Year in Republican Crazy, Part 8

Crackpot Utopia: A dream world as envisioned by republicans; a manifestation or expression of the deranged, warped alternate universe inhabited by republicans, at least in their minds. See also: Bachmannism, Boehneresque.

1. Things To Come: Forward Into The Past!

In the last installment of "Crackpot Utopia," I went on about how the 2016 Republican Primary Freak Show has already begun in 2014 with the absolute nuttery of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a man who is so highly thought of in republican minds that he is considered presidential material and was once even given the honor of presenting the annual on-air rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

Did you think that the last presidential election cycle's republican primary season was the biggest freak show you'd ever seen? Well, it seems that this event gets freakier every time, as many of the old faces, and some new ones, start jockeying for position.

Since it's already begun, I've decided to take the leap and take a guess at what the Crackpot Party and their media allies will be touting as their Ideal Republican Presidential Tickets and Slogans!

-snip- (see the link where the redeeming qualities of each dream ticket are discussed)

·Presidential Dream Ticket #1: Palin-Zimmerman
"Straight-Shootin' Common-Sense Solutions"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #2: Vladimir Putin-Vlad the Impaler
"Bare-Chested Men of Action!"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #3: Cheney-Cheney
"Have a Heart? No, Really, Have a Heart?"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #4: Bush-Bush
"Had Enough?"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #5: Santorum-Mr. Rogers
"It's a Good Day in the Neighborhood!"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #6: Kelly-Hannity
"Santa's white; Jesus is white; anyone that matters is white"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #7: Hannity-Bundy
"Let Me Tell You About the Negro!"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #8: McConnell-Graham
"Let's Dress Up, America!"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #9: Cruz-Perry
"Texas Squared!"

·Presidential Dream Ticket #10: Robertson-Robertson
"Who's on Top?" (this one is interchangeable)

2. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 9: Former republican VP nominee Paul "Crazy Eyes" Ryan, who has his own "Let me tell you about the Negro" moment:

-snip-

3. Crazyspeak of the Year nominee No. 10: Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association

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- See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/2014/12/crackpot-utopia-year-in-republican_30.html
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