The key to success in Government

As part of a public service that’s not at all court mandated (really, I’m doing this just to be nice), I’d like to offer those of you interested in policy and public service a tip that will be make you eminently successful…

When you receive advice from Peggy Venable at Americans For Prosperity – Texas (yes, it’s totally a thing… and it’s a misnomer because their policies would make 98% of the people in this country POORER), you should do the exact opposite.

Seriously, that’s all… I just saw Peggy on TV looking old, sad and just as clueless as a post op lobotomy patient protesting something inane at Austin City Hall. That clip reminded me that I really haven’t spent enough time addressing the poor advice and track record of Peggy Venable.

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“The most drunk Democrat in Texas”


Evidently, Rick Perry never met his predecessor as Lieutenant Governor.

Or any of us, for that matter.

UPDATE: Perry pussied out and removed the tweet. What a twat.

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Seriously, Wendles?

For starters, Kirby DIDN’T owe a thing to the victim, the distributor did. The emotional appeal isn’t going to work… you’re not hitting the right notes and you failed to humanize the victim. The is the ‘silver bullet’ attack that’s failed to take down Abbott for years, but this time you think it’ll work?

Forget what I said here. This is amatuer hour and it’s August. You have two weeks to get your heads in the motherfucking game and let me clue you in on one important point… anticipating a Greg Abbott fuck up carrying you into office isn’t a strategy for a number of reasons, first among them that I doubt you could capitalize on it.

And Zac, feel free to freeze me out… just promise to take me off the campaign email list I never signed up for as well.

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A quick note to those who would be king…

Turns out, everybody really does want to rule the world. It seems appropriate to warn those in the new aristocracy of how aristocracies typically meet their end.

One other quick note for all the geeks secure in their place in the pecking order, there’s this and finally there’s the rather simple fact that the thin veneer of civilization which you’re so eager to shed protects you. From people far worse than me.

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Wishing Wendles Well

The Observer has a pretty good piece up about the Davis campaign and some advice regarding how to fix things. I agree with much of it except for the idea that Wendy needs to recapture her hero status. I’d really prefer to just see an absence of pandering and a commitment to common sense proposals that will put Texas back on course. It’s not a big leap, it’s just a tiny step… STAND FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN NOT BEING GREG ABBOTT. As for the negative, why is the Davis campaign even talking about General Abbott? In this cycle, on that ballot, HE is a non-entity. There’s a far bigger target that Texans should fear and you’re ignoring him just because he’s in a different race?

Come on, folks… I’m going to give you a week to figure it out and if you can’t, call me and I’ll clue you in.

Until that happens, we’re wishing Wendles nothing but the best but we’re going to focus on LVDP. Speaking of, Stace has a fantastic update on her campaign activities where she’s focused on bringing jobs to Texas unlike her opponent who is hellbent on making them go away.

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The State of Rhode Island has denied access to information regarding hedge fund investments made by public pensions. This is absolutely inexcusable and a clear indication that the hedge funds that received money performed poorly and pension managers should start losing their jobs.

Now, when the hell do you think even one of the dailies in Texas will get around to asking about public pension investments in hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles? We all know that public pension money is being funnelled to campaign contributors for ‘investment’ but we don’t really know how those investments are performing. Maybe it’s time to find out?

Oh, OK… I’ll fucking do it.

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Wendy Davis surely will fail without help from Obama | Bob Ray Sanders | Fort Worth, Arlingto…

Wendy Davis surely will fail without help from Obama | Bob Ray Sanders | Fort Worth, Arlingto….

Spot on piece from Bob Ray Sanders at the Star-T. The old school paradigm of running from national Democrats has failed over and over again in large part because Texans respect strength and that strategy projects weakness.

To the folks in the Davis campaign who don’t want the President here, let me share two facts with you:

1) You’re a dumbass if you think the R’s will ‘use’ Obama to hurt Wendles if she meets him. That will happen regardless. People who will think she’s an Obama puppet won’t vote for her anyway. Your concern is counterproductive and you’re stupid.

2) Snubbing the President shows a LARGE number of your base voters that you don’t give a crap about them or the President. That’s demoralizing. While you ARE the nominee, we can all stay home… put away your ‘get behind it or else’ crap.

Over the last few weeks, you’ve hit the skids and it sucks to watch. You’re back to running the Sample Democratic Campaign – Statewide TX. Fucking quit it and get you head back in the game. Start by realizing that there’s someone else on the R ticket who’d be much more fun to run against. But, if you don’t get that, then you’re fucked and Wendles might as well quit the race.

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How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot –

How to Renounce America and Still Be Called a Patriot –

We should also explore a 15% duty on goods and services sold by a company that Treasury determines engaged in inversion.

Time to take the gloves off, not rewrite the corporate tax code. This isn’t about draconian taxation, this is about a substandard CEO who isn’t growing the business. Instead, she’s boosting earnings by cutting expenses. THAT’S what happens when tax rates get too low… you stop making investments and start looking at how best to take as much as you can get.

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Throwing out Corporate Personhood

Let me state that I get the NEED for limited personhood to be afforded to artificial constructs. However, it’s clear that we have forgotten one thing and it’s that corporations are NOT natural constructs, they are creations of their founders, run for the benefit of their shareholders and chartered by the state.

So, yeah, I would agree that it’s time to end or seriously curtail the extension of the 14th Amendment to a collection of paper. This Supreme Court will not do that, so Congress MUST act.

And yeah, I get how funny that is as well.

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Another way to make fun of Deepak Chopra

From The Mayor (who really does need to post more) comes this wonderful site.

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