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Oil up the Bow: The Extreme Right wants to Play the Violin Again

By Dr. Brian Carr
President, Behavioral Health Associates, Lubbock, Texas, 1991-Present
Chairman, City of Lubbock Board of Health, 2013
Submitted on October 18, 2013 - 6:34pm

After calmer minds prevailed and the government was re-started one would think that we might look forward to more bi-partisan cooperation in Washington, particularly given the negative ratings that both parties received in this fiasco. Despite having cost 24 billion dollars and lingering damage that will likely lead to higher interest rates and economic slowing the stage seems to be set to only repeat the exercise again in early 2014.

Extreme Right Republicans are doubling down on their failed strategy. Rather than conceding that they’re out of chances to get rid of Obamacare, conservatives are simply changing their tune. Now, GOPers say they won’t give up the fight:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX): The Tea Party lawmaker was the primary architect of the GOP’s shutdown strategy. But now that it’s failed, Cruz won’t admit defeat. “I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” he said on Thursday. He has also hinted that he hasn’t ruled out pushing for another government shutdown over Obamacare.

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA): Vitter tried to use the funding negotiations to push through an Obamacare-related amendment that would ultimately force Congress members and their staff to pay more for their health plans under the law. He was unsuccessful, and the final agreement didn’t include his amendment. But Vitter isn’t fazed and promises to keep pushing to amend the law anyway. “I’m not going away, and this issue is certainly not going away,” Vitter said on Fox News this week.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL): Speaking on the Senate floor over the summer, Rubio told his colleagues that shutting down the government represented “our last chance and our last best chance” to undermine Obamacare. Now, the senator is saying that Republicans will keep fighting anyway. This week, he told Fox News that there is going to an “all-out revolt” next year, once the rest of Obamacare’s major provisions take root. “And that is, I think, the moment to absolutely act and say we are going to get rid of this law and then look for opportunities in the future to replace it,” Rubio said.

The Heritage Foundation: During the shutdown battle, Heritage’s political arm told its supporters that it needed their support because “we only have one more chance to repeal Obamacare.” The group didn’t deliver. Now, Heritage is simply assuring its supporters that it won’t stop fighting the law. The group’s president, Jim DeMint, published an op-ed this week claiming that most Americans’ lives “are not dominated by the electoral cycle,” so those people “shouldn’t have to wait three more years for Congress to give them relief from this law.”

FreedomWorks: The right-wing group recently claimed that shutting down the government “may be the last best chance to defund Obamacare before it goes into effect.” Rather than adjusting their strategy, the group is now planning rallies to discourage young Americans from signing up for health coverage. The group says that Obamacare will still be a losing issue for Democrats up for re-election in red states — although outside polling has shown that the shutdown fiasco has made more than a dozen House seats more winnable for Democrats.

It is sad to see the dismantling of the GOP and I am uncomfortable with the idea of one political party dominating in Washington regardless of whether it is Republican or Democrat. The crazy point is that this shutdown has helped boost public opinion about Obamacare and likely ensured a successful rollout.

If the Republican Party cannot neuter Cruz and others who are enriching their wallets while driving the Party into the ground then we will likely witness a repeat of these last two weeks played out in January. Cruz made over $800,000 in donations to his PAC so this obstruction is very profitable for him.

In the upcoming local congressional primary it will prove interesting to see how fast and furious Randy Neugebauer and Don May will race to the extreme right. If Randy leads the country into default in January then I am concerned that May will have an appeal to the low information voter. This could result in, as the old saying goes, “jumping from the frying pan into the fire”.

LubbockOnline Blog
Cruz has his xmas money covered in blood
Hernandez is not backing down
LP&L has a back room
Obamacare is going well
Perry kicks the poor


Cross-posted in Good Reads forum.

A Love Letter To Sen. Ted Cruz From a Left-Wing Socialist Hippie Libtard

By James Schlarmann

Dear Senator Teddy,

You know, I think I owe you a big apology, Senator Cruz. I’ve written more than a few hundred words in the past about what a despicable partisan hack you are. I’ve pointed out every time you’ve grandstanded pointlessly, every time you’ve made boneheaded comments about knowing what the American people want (while serving the smallest fringe minority of your party, of course), and have generally relished every opportunity to bat you about the ears verbally for your toxic influence on Washington politics. All of that changes today as I pledge my undying love for you, Senator Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, Teddy. I hate your policies. I still hate your whole “snake oil selling bullshit monger” thing you have going on, but I finally see it. I finally see what you’re up to, and I like it. I don’t just like it in fact, I love it. Some have jokingly said you were secretly sent here by some left-wing operative to destroy the GOP from the inside. But I love you precisely because that isn’t the case — in fact the direct opposite is. You actually think you’re “purifying” the Republican party, don’t you? You’re on a damned-fool idealistic crusade and you’ve already got a couple dozen of the more simple-minded members of the House to go along with you. Hell, you convinced them to shut down the government — a move that is going to cost the Republican Party dearly — didn’t you?

It’s easy to see where people would get the idea that you’re actually trying to sabotage the party, but I know better. I grew up in the movement. I know that every few years someone like you comes along. It’s like you’re created from the collected essences Joe McCarthy, Newt Gingrich, and Pat Buchanan. You are ideological purist in the worst way, but more importantly you are the harbinger of death for the current iteration of the Republican Part, and nothing shows that in more naked terms than the fact that recently you were ripped behind closed doors by several of your fellow Republican senators, and the scene was described as a “lynch mob” — which I’m sure got Louie Gohmert’s blood pumping for a wholly different nostalgia-induced reason.

They hate you more than I hate you Teddy, and that’s what’s made me love you. You are so bullheaded, so egomaniacal that I know you will not be getting down off your soapbox any time soon. Frankly, if it weren’t for the 800,000 federal workers already on furlough and up shit creek, I’d pray for you to keep digging in. The more you dig your heels in, the harder the establishment is going to try to remove you, and the closer we become to the Republican Party of 2013 completely immolating, and I finally get that you are going to be the one to do it.

More at http://www.politicalgarbagechute.com/a-love-letter-to-sen-ted-cruz-from-a-left-wing-socialist-hippie-libtard/ .

Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips dies at 90


Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.

"Bum is gone to Heaven," son Wade Phillips tweeted Friday night. "Loved and will be missed by all — great Dad, Coach, and Christian."

Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.

Wade Phillips is the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/obituaries/former-oilers-coach-bum-phillips-dies-at-90/nbR7S/ .

Cross-posted in Texas Group.

Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips dies at 90


Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.

"Bum is gone to Heaven," son Wade Phillips tweeted Friday night. "Loved and will be missed by all — great Dad, Coach, and Christian."

Phillips died at his ranch in Goliad.

Wade Phillips is the Houston Texans' defensive coordinator.

More at http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/obituaries/former-oilers-coach-bum-phillips-dies-at-90/nbR7S/ .

Cross-posted in Football Group.

Abbott defends Cruz at law enforcement speech; Davis cites police support in receiving group’s award

In remarks to a law enforcement group, Attorney General Greg Abbott bemoaned Washington’s “inability to get things done,” while praising Sen. Ted Cruz – his former solicitor general – for doing exactly what he told Texas voters he would do if they sent him to D.C.

“I’m shocked that anybody’s shocked,” said Abbott, when asked by reporters about Cruz’s starring role in the recent government shutdown. “Here’s the deal. Texans and Americans have been frustrated that they elect people into office and they go into office and they don’t do what they said they promised to do.”

But, Abbott said, “If anyone promised to do anything, Ted Cruz campaigned every single day he was going to go to Washington, D.C, and do everything he possibly could to dismantle Obamacare. Ted Cruz did exactly what the people of Texas voted him in office to do, at least he tried to do, and so he did exactly what I thought and expected him to do.”


Earlier: In a queue up to the 2014 gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth state senator running for the Democratic nomination for governor, on Friday was honored by the state’s largest law-enforcement union as legislative crime-fighter of the year.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/davis-cites-police-support-in-receiving-award/nbRds/ .

Combs Endorses Hegar for Comptroller

Comptroller Susan Combs endorsed state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, to be her successor Friday morning while at a meeting of Republicans in San Antonio.

"I've known Glenn Hegar for many years,” Combs said in a statement released by Hegar’s campaign. “He is a man of conservative principles, strong values and great integrity. He loves his state and nation and I trust him to help lead Texas as our next Comptroller.”

Hegar is running in a Republican primary against state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina and former state Rep. Raul Torres. Democrat Mike Collier is also running for the seat. Medina has said she may switch races and run for governor as an independent.

Though the Republican candidates have been reluctant to mention Combs on the campaign trail thus far, Hegar called her “a bold leader" Friday.

More at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/10/18/combs-endorses-hegar-comptroller/ .

[font color=green]For those with short term memories that need a reminder, Hegar introduced the anti-abortion bill in the Texas Senate during the legislative special session.[/font]

Rep. Farenthold To Veterans Who Were About To Lose Disability Checks: You Have To Make Sacrifices

As Burnt Orange Report staff writer Joseph Vogas reported earlier this week, no Texas Republican voted to reopen the U.S. government or avoid defaulting on our debts. Including among the Republicans was Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi).

Farenthold sat down with KRIS-TV news to discuss what exactly the shutdown did to the country and his motives for supporting it.

KRIS-TV news quickly pointed out that many of Farenthold's constituents have said they will not vote for him again.
KRIS-TV asked him about the people who say he's lost their vote; people like retired veterans who were on the verge of losing their disability checks next month.

"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," Congressman Farenthold said.

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14258/rep-farenthold-on-veterans-who-were-about-to-lose-disability-checks-you-have-to-make-sacrifices .

Video at http://www.kristv.com/videoplayer/?video_id=38404&categories=303 .

Cornyn slams new head of Homeland Security nominee

Sen. John Cornyn is gravely concerned about having a former New York fundraiser protect the Southern Border (AFP photo)

Sen. John Cornyn said someone with more knowledge of the United States’ southern border should take on the role of Secretary of Homeland Security and was critical of the nomination of Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon Lawyer.

Because Texas represents the largest portion of the southern border, Cornyn argued that President Barack Obama should have nominated someone who knows, “the unique dynamics” of the area.

Cornyn also mentioned the Department of Homeland Security’s failure to secure the southern border, an area where he claims there has been an increase in violence, illegal crossing and drug trafficking.

“President Obama has tapped one of his former New York fundraisers,” Cornyn said, referring to Johnson. “We need someone who knows how to secure the border, not dial for dollars.”

More at http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/10/cornyn-slams-new-head-of-homeland-security-nominee/?cmpid=hpts .

[font color=green]Senator, your concern is duly noted.[/font]

WTF Friday: Freedom Isn’t Free

When we started WTF Friday last week, I was worried that we might have trouble pulling together a collection of crazy, weird and funny quotes every week. Boy was I wrong. With the tea party threatening to blow up the world and election silly primary season well underway in Texas, we are knee-deep in the derp. Our team of news sleuths have searched high and low (mostly low) to bring you only the freshest and finest, locally-sourced artisanal quotes for your reading pleasure.

1) How Low Dew You Go?

“I don’t know about you, but Barack Obama ought to be impeached. Not only for trampling on our liberties, but what he did in Benghazi is just a crime.”

—Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at a tea party event on Monday


Blake Farenthold

4) ‘If you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five/Who will?’

“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.”
—Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) on his vote against the debt deal

We don’t know if Farenthold, he of the duckie pajamas, is a South Park fan or not but this one’s for you bud.

More at http://www.texasobserver.org/wtf-friday-freedom-isnt-free/ .

'Caveman' offers options for decking out the ultimate man caves

BRENHAM -- Bruce Margolis isn't just the "Caveman" -- he's a man-tiquing pioneer.

The creator and owner of American Man Cave, a retail shop in downtown Brenham, Margolis knows exactly what it takes to outfit the ultimate man cave.

"It has to be something that's personal; it touches you, especially in relationships," he said. "It's some place in the house or apartment that's just your place."

Everything in his shop -- sports memorabilia, vintage tap handles for kegs, beer steins, jukeboxes, collectible toys, motorcycle gear, old movie posters and so much more than the eye can see -- is for sale. It's a man-child's shopping paradise.

The store is so impressive that it's been nominated as one of this year's "Best Downtown Businesses" by the Texas Downtown Association. Voting for the contest -- through Facebook and email -- ends today.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_a75134f3-cddd-5cde-b6ab-197e87efbd78.html .

[font color=green]Full disclosure: I never visited his shop while I was living in Brenham since I didn't have either the money or the inclination to buy junk.[/font]
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