Why is Abbott firing the Director of the TMO?

Over the past two decades Texas, specifically Austin, has developed into a legitimate contender to Nashville as the second pole in the music world. Much of the credit for this development comes from an unusually tight cooperation between the state and leaders in the arts industries.

The Austin American Statesman reports that Abbott has notified the longtime Director of the Texas Music Office, Casey Monahan, that he’ll be removed in February. Monahan was appointed by Bill Clements in 1990. Ann Richards moved the organization into the Governor’s office to raise its profile and influence.

There’s been no statement from Abbott on the reason for removing Monahan. It’s a bit of a puzzle. Anybody have any clues?

Here’s a little Texas music to help you think on it:

Chris Ladd is a Texan living in the Chicago area. He has been involved in grassroots Republican politics for most of his life. He was a Republican precinct committeeman in suburban Chicago until he resigned from the party and his position after the 2016 Republican Convention. He can be reached at gopliferchicago at gmail dot com.

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  1. rightonrush says:

    Tea Party darling George Zimmerman arrested for aggravated assault with a weapon. “George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted in 2013 of the shooting death of unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, was arrested in Florida late Friday night on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon.

    According to Seminole County booking documents, Zimmerman, 31, was arrested by the Lake Mary police and was booked at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility at 10:10 p.m.

    He is being held without bond and will appear in court at 9 a.m.

    Since his high-profile acquittal, Zimmerman has had three other encounters with the Lake Mary police.”
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/10/george-zimmerman-arrested-aggravated-assault/21547875/

    • objv says:

      Good grief, Zimmerman is a registered Democrat who actively campaigned for Democrat candidates. He’s one of yours. Own it.

      • rightonrush says:

        Who did he “actively” campaign for? The TeaParty claims him so YOU own it. http://www.teapartynation.com/forum/topics/injustice-the-liberal-lynch-mob-and-the-george-zimmerman-case

      • objv says:

        http://www.ibtimes.com/voting-form-shows-george-zimmerman-registered-democrat-confounding-message-pushed-left-430738

        I don’t know who Zimmerman campaigned for. The knowledge that he was politically active came from watching the trial. Two people testified in Zimmerman’s behalf. They said they were with Zimmerman during a political rally. Since Zimmerman is a registered Democrat, I assumed that he was not there to support a Republican.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Well OV, there you go ASSuming again. So what is your point? Besides projecting your ignorance and partisan hate yet again? I don’t care if he is a registered Democrat and who he voted for which we will never know since individual votes are confidential. And frankly I don’t care if he voted for every Democrat on every one of his voting ticket. It is an inconsequential red herring. He is a racist bully and he murdered an unarmed Black kid when he was clearly told by the 911 dispatcher to not confront him.

        And as RoR noted, his pattern of criminal behavior with his gun/penis substitute since his acquittal confirm that.

        And as RoR also noted, hateful White wingnuts like you and Cappy and buzzy supported Zimmerman. “Liberals” do not. And as confirmed by more extensive statistics. His being a “registered Democrat” means nothing to either side of the debate.

        http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2013/07/poll-republicans-like-george-zimmerman-more-than-president-obama-independents-not-far-behind.html

        YOU however, have demonstrated yet again that you are a knee jerk, hateful, ignorant, shallow and uninformed wingnut partisan. YOU own THAT OV.

      • objv says:

        My point to ROR was that George Zimmerman was not affiliated with the Tea Party or the Republican Party in any way. Any racist tendencies of his were developed elsewhere.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        And my point OV is you have no clue what you are talking about (as is typically your wont) which you have clearly demonstrated yet again with your latest post. No one claimed Zimmerman was “affiliated” or in any way involved with the Tea Party. RoR noted Zimmerman was a “Tea Party darling” and “the Tea Party claims [re: SUPPORTS] him” . You obviously have no clue as to the meaning of that in the American lexicon of the English language. Or have no concern for accuracy in your fake indignation flame and your loony version of “facts”.

        And speaking of red herrings, no one also claimed Zimmerman was a Republican or a teabagger nor was that they were the cause of his racist views and actions.

        What we ARE saying is that typical teabagging hateful wingnut Republicans like YOU support Zimmerman and his “Democratic imbued racism” as YOU claimed and the majority of the Democrats and Liberals DO NOT you clueless and willfully ignorant self proclaimed troll.

        I don’t know how much simpler and clearer we can make that for you.

        You make Emily Litela look like an absolutely insightful philosophical savant OV.

  2. rightonrush says:

    Not much on the news about this http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/africa/article4317972.ece “Militants from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram have slaughtered more than 2,000 people over five days in the northern town of Baga, according to local officials.

    Baga’s streets are strewn with bodies and almost every building has been burnt down after the Islamists went on a killing spree in one of the key towns in Borno state, the main battlefield in the government’s war on the extremists.”

    Why they can’t stick a drone up Boka arse and blow into hell is beyond me.

    • flypusher says:

      I don’t think they’ve made themselves enough of a threat to Americans or Nigeria’s oil exports to get themselves on the drone target list. But they are the dregs of the dregs of humanity, no doubt about that.

      • rightonrush says:

        I think you’re right Fly. It’s all about the $$, and to hell with the innocents getting slaughtered.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Sadly, it is becoming like Clinton’s non action in Rwanda all over again. With over 800,000 massacred before it was all over. And we were collectively responsible as a country. Everyone was gunshy and leery of US military involvement overseas after the Blackhawk Down fiasco in Mogadishu. And it seems to be repeating itself currently with a war weary country after over a decade of two simultaneous bloody and draining wars.

        Didn’t see much action after the world “outcry” when Boko Haram kidnapped 300 girls. Still don’t know what happened to them.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Alas, drones are expensive. So are cruise missiles. And so are special forces.

        Somehow I’m pretty sure that any actual, effective, military action on the part of President Obama would create spasms on the right. (Spasms on the right, y’know? Clear indicators of brain dysfunction.) Anyway, they’d probably try to haul him up for impeachment based on “wasting” scarce budget money on events that didn’t involve the United States.

        Oh, and then they’d vote enough money to the military to replace expended assets ten times over, try to cut twice that much from social programs, and gleefully cut taxes a hundred times as much.

        Modern Republicans just kind of suck that way.

    • rightonrush says:

      Makes me sick Bubba. You and I both know that it doesn’t have to be this way. One well thought out mission and BOOM goes Boka and his army of slaughters.

  3. flypusher says:

    Just heard on the radio that the 2 massecre suspects in France are dead (no details). Good riddance to them, but I hope no innocents went with them.

    • flypusher says:

      Yahoo news reports the hostage is free and alive. Good!

    • flypusher says:

      The terrorist at the Paris grocery store is also dead.

      • johnofgaunt75 says:

        Several hostages at the kosher grocery store have unfortunately been killed. Unclear if the deaths occurred during the raid or before. Several police officers were also injured. Sad.

      • flypusher says:

        That is sad news. I figured that there was no way the terrorist NJs where going to allow themselves to be taken alive, so all you can realistically hope for is minimum collatoral damage.

        Martyrdom is for suckers.

  4. BigWilly says:

    The Two Part Inventions, The Brandenburg Concertos, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, are all examples of musical masterpieces. Every time I listen to any one of them I feel exalted.

    Ted Nugent makes me want to puke.

    They may have lots and lots of money, but the Texas GOP has no class. So what if they fire some minor, and probably useless, functionary-wasn’t he about to vest or something? What do you expect from Gov. Abbot?

    These guys are promoters of ill-iteracy.

    • kabuzz61 says:

      An anonymous commenter trying to give his bona fides so he can comment about class. So classy. NOT.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        My you are really on a blind and mindless shotgun scattershot slash and burn rampage aren’t you buzzy? And Big Willy is not even close to being a Liberal. He just has the non partisan good taste to reflect disdain for Ted Nugent’s “music”. How very “mature and rational” of you.

        And in reference to Owl’s previous post on wingnuts almost exclusively going postal, you and Cappy’s childish and irrational tantrums online and lashing out at anyone or everyone who disagrees one whit with your crap and metaphorical stamping of your feet in your impotent and and fact challenged rage proves his/her point.

        Thank you exhibits A and B.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Wow! Saying the GOP is not classsy equates to me getting mad about Ted Nugent? Bubba, you are an amazing dolt.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        kabuzz61 says:
        January 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        “Bubba, you are an amazing dolt.”

        Thank you buzzy for reconfirming again as exhibit A. So it is the “left” that ” incessantly hurls invectives”, eh buzzy?

        Presumably “dolt” is a term of “endearment” and “respect” in wacky wonderful wingnut world eh buzzy?

        Hypocrisy abounds in buzzy’s bizarro blissful world o’ wingnuts.

      • rightonrush says:

        Catsuit you’re to dumb to pour piss outta your boot. BW has been around a lot longer than you have, plus he adds to the conversation unlike you.

    • flypusher says:

      It’s interesting to note that some of the creators of the classical masterpieces did have a form of government support, as they were sponsored by the nobility.

      • BigWilly says:

        Poor J.S. had to write this for his supper.

        “As I had the good fortune a few years ago to be heard by Your Royal Highness, at Your Highness’s commands, and as I noticed then that Your Highness took some pleasure in the little talents which Heaven has given me for Music, and as in taking Leave of Your Royal Highness, Your Highness deigned to honour me with the command to send Your Highness some pieces of my Composition: I have in accordance with Your Highness’s most gracious orders taken the liberty of rendering my most humble duty to Your Royal Highness with the present Concertos, which I have adapted to several instruments; begging Your Highness most humbly not to judge their imperfection with the rigor of that discriminating and sensitive taste, which everyone knows Him to have for musical works, but rather to take into benign Consideration the profound respect and the most humble obedience which I thus attempt to show Him.”

        At least he didn’t have to shake his booty for the world like they do now.

        Some of my earliest exposure to great music came via the “Firing Line” intro. The rest was looney tunes.

        Tannhauser-I think I wore the second hand copy of that record out-Bugs not withstanding.

      • flypusher says:

        Love, love, LOVE “What’s Opera, Doc?”!!

        I also love the story of Beethoven, when he was young and able to hear and was the equivalent of a mega-rock star in his day, stop in the middle of a performance and chew out 2 noblemen who were talking while he was playing.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        I love Wagner’s instrumentals; I’ve never cared for the singing in opera, even when I was friends with music students studying it.

        In general, I’m a fan of music ranging from balalaika music to Tuvan overtone throat-singing (in moderation!), classic rock to modern pop, folk songs to chamber pieces. But opera, rap, death metal, and a few other styles just don’t do it for me. Though I certainly don’t mind that they do so unto others. The more the merrier.

      • Houston-stay-at-Homer says:

        As long as we are outing ourselves with our musical taste…I’m just going to say it.

        I’m a middle aged male, and I like Taylor Swift.

        I do not necessarily care for her music (although it is awfully infectious even if you don’t want it to be), she seems to be a pretty good egg.

        Plays several instruments, writes at least some of her own lyrics, and treats her fans well.

        It may all be a carefully orchestrated public relations act, but if so, congrats to her for pulling it off.

        There should be no hate for Miss Swift.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Heh. I’ve enjoyed several Taylor Swift songs.

        Back when I was teaching in private-school programs, the teachers spent a lot of time with students in activities outside the classroom, whether that was community service in Houston, or farm work out in Hempstead, or driving/bicycling trips elsewhere in the state. From students I picked up a taste for some early Swift music, which once prompted my spouse to look over at me while we were alone in the car and say, “You have the musical taste of a thirteen-year-old girl!” Yep; guilty as charged. Exposure is everything.

        Of course, I probably *did* put on something by Wagner or Praetorius when we got home. One has to maintain balance. 🙂

      • Turtles Run says:

        I read an interview of Ringo Starr and he listed the artists on his play list, Taylor Swift was definitely on there. It is the reason I started listening to her music and it is just plain fun to listen too or am I a thirteen year old girl. 😝

  5. Crogged says:

    For the blog author and a prior posting.

    Unlike that debt crisis, this time round the risk and its interconnection with the wider economy is much better understood. No-one, after all, was marketing shale energy bonds as risk-free play for asset managers. Nor were they marketing EM debt as a sure bet that comes without currency exposure of any sort.

    That does not diminish the pain that will be suffered by exposed parties. But it does change the nature of the potential systemic implications.

    http://ftalphaville.ft.com/2015/01/08/2082332/european-banks-and-oil-price-exposure/#

  6. unarmedandunafraid says:

    Being new to this blog, I haven’t figured out everyone. But, have you heard of Eliza? It was a script in the early days of computers that would interact with the operator. Many people were fooled by it and thought they were interacting with a human. Nowadays it would be called a bot. Short for robot.

    So until the comments on this entry I was coming to the conclusion that some of the participants were bots. I’m still not sure. I was thinking about how hard it would be to gather, say, conservative talking points and put them together and post them automatically as comments.

    Eliza could fool you if you didn’t stray too far from her preprogrammed responses. But if you strayed she would usually “change the subject” by picking out a word or phrase in your question and asking you a question.

    Still not sure. A clever programmer can do amazing things.

    • flypusher says:

      Some humans might as well be bots.

    • dowripple says:

      What a coincidence! I was mapping out Buzzy’s algorithm earlier, but I gave up because I don’t know how to get a Visio document in a comment. (Ok, I’m also too lazy to google it).

      But here are some sample results from my Buzz-o-matic:

      Input: A liberal says anything about Benghazi
      Output: Say something to imply that the speaker is un-American, or doesn’t care about American lives.

      Input: A conservative politician said something stupid.
      Output: Refer to stupid things liberal politicians say, and be sure to mention nobody is perfect.

      Input: A liberal politician said something stupid.
      Output: Mention that this politician represents all liberals, and they have a “hive” like mind.

      The interesting thing is that the algorithm is not susceptible to endless loops due to “hypocrisy”. This, of course, coincides with the user’s ability to completely ignore cognitive dissonance.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Dowripple, post some of my comments to prove your lies.

        AS far as a conservative politician saying something stupid I do bring up that fact that both sides of the aisle do and I also bring up the fact that BOTH sides of the aisle are the problem with government. Something you don’t have the balls to do.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        With liberal application (pun intended) of the IF-THEN-FLAME function in the buzzy algorithm. And not surprisingly, in addition to endless loops, it also seems to continue to function despite numerous instances of bad syntax and incorrect logic.

        But it just spews gibberish regardless of the data input.

        What a surprise. Not.

      • dowripple says:

        Sure.

        This is your reply to Homer’s comment about Benghazi at the bottom of the comments:
        “Gruber, if you don’t know the difference between murdered americans and a director of arts replacement, you aren’t as smart as you claim.”

        Most people reading your response would infer that [Homer] does not care about American lives. (Bonus points for the “Gruber”, I guess I need to add a “Godwin’s Law” decision to the algorithm).

        “I do bring up that fact that both sides of the aisle do”

        Yes, that’s why it’s in the algorithm. At least you admit to that one.

        “Something you don’t have the balls to do.”

        Not true. Who would you like for me to mock to set you at ease? Pelosi? Obama? SJL?

      • flypusher says:

        Dow, you just might have activated the buzz-bot’s BLUFF CALLED-THEN-FLEE function.

        Or the BLUFF CALLED-THEN-DOUBLE DOWN ON STUPID function. We’ll see. I think there’s a randomness element in the program.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Ah! Now you ‘infer’ my intention instead of just taking the comment at face value. You have to do better.

        Yes, I would like you to truly comment on some liberal politicians. How about two comments each about Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

      • dowripple says:

        Explain your intention then Buzz, please remove all doubt.

        Why is it ok to jump to conclusions when Americans die, but not in cases of [conservative] political appointments? Why is Homer, or anyone, not smart for acknowledging this paradox?

        For the record, my two top issues with Obama:
        1. Not following through enough on “we will fix our infrastructure” promises. I wasn’t expecting New Deal, but come on (interesting list of New Deal Texas stuff: http://livingnewdeal.org/us/tx/)
        1a. IF there is a bunch of stuff being fixed/built, then Obama is doing a horrible job advertising
        2. He had mentioned a program in a SOTU address that put unemployed people in a trade school instead of outright welfare (cash). Not sure if that is still going on, but we obviously needed more of that. (And it should have been talked about more)

        I may agree with Pelosi about personal freedoms, but her scandal a few years ago with insider trading made me physically sick (and still does). I also believe she’s one of the politicians that should think a little more before speaking.

        Reid, sorry I don’t really know that much about him. If you could post a quote of his that you find most disagreeable, I would probably second the motion.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Thank you Dowripple.

        As far as Reid is concerned, my main problem was his blocking all house bills to the point of not even debating it. IMO he was the cause of the gridlock.

        On Benghazi, one can see how major players in the adminstration immediately came out and said it was a spontaneous demonstation due to an obscure youtube video and they doubled down on it many times and then you add onto it the disagreements betweeen those on the ground and those in Washington. I never said anyone was unamerican. I know and knew that HT and others were protecting their guy.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Kabuzz, do you view with similar disdain the Republicans’ frequent refusal to pass judicial nominees out of committee for a simple up-or-down vote by the Senate body?

        Or is this another case where you exult in being either grossly uninformed or radically hypocritical?

  7. CaptSternn says:

    Ya know, much has been revealed under this entry.

    The left here proclaims intolerance in the name of tolerance, they will not tolerate any views or opinions they disagree with.

    The bird will not accept imperfection unless it is from the bird, and then attacks people for pointing out imperfections made by the bird. And the bird has worked hard to expose personal details about me, then make personal attacks against me, some kind of obsession and then extend those attacks against my lady, joined by RoR and Texan.

    Turtles whines immaturely about people whining immaturely.

    RoR either hates the concept of an independent United States and despises the flag that represented slavery for 89 years, the genocide of the American Indians and the near extermination of the Buffalo, or he actually favors “a person that glorifies a flag that vilifies an entire race of humans” or he “condones flying the Rebel Flag” of the 13 colonies, Texas and California.

    Or Maybe he doesn’t and he believes that the 13 colonies should still be part of the British Empire and be like Canada, having to request permission to hold elections.

    HT works overtime to play stupid (Turtles does double that).

    That doesn’t even begin to cover the foul language, personal insults (even Fly got offended by the depth at this point) and vulgarity from the left here, which is generally not echoed by those of us on the right.

    I have my opinions and I stick by them, individual liberty and rights. But there are those that are so weak that they have to attack Tuttabella as an attempt to get at me. Lifer not only tolerates this, he promotes it. He promotes racism and racial discord as well as class warfare.

    This is a closed group, not really reaching many people. Lifer does reach people, but not through this blog. He reaches people through places like Chron.com, but he no longer allows comments there. Guess he just can’t handle open forums.

    Yeah, whatever.

    • Houston-stay-at-Homer says:

      Man…if we could only be as good and true as you.

    • flypusher says:

      “Guess he just can’t handle open forums.”

      Oh Please. Nothing demonstrates more how open this forum truly is than the non-censoring of all those posts you just griped about. Add to that the non-censoring of all your gripes. How can you not be aware of how often you keep contradicting yourself?

      • flypusher says:

        Forgot to add, since the chron site links here, it’s not closed to anyone from there who cares to participate here.

      • flypusher says:

        From an editorial in the chron today:

        http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/McMurray-Offensive-material-is-the-price-of-free-6002825.php

        “Free speech is precious and fragile, and we do not get to choose who exercises it or how they exercise it. One of the many uncomfortable truths of freedom is that our right to express ourselves affords everyone else that right, too, and that means that someone is going to say something that offends us beyond measure.

        Nazis parade past the homes of Holocaust survivors in Illinois. An artist submerges a crucifix in a clear jar filled with urine. An award-winning Broadway musical pokes fun at your most deeply held religious convictions. A lunk-headed buddy comedy mocks your head of state. A financially struggling French magazine satirizes the man you revere as God’s chosen. And you let them, no matter how deeply it offends you, because that is the price of being free.”

        As that applies here, there’s a degree of snark that we will all have to put up with for the sake of a free and open conversation. That doesn’t mean there aren’t lines, there are. But like an umpire having a very large or very small strike zone, and the players accept it as long as it is consistent, no one here has cause to complain if the lines Chris chooses are consistent. Anyone who doesn’t like it can vote with their keyboards- don’t let the electrons hit you on the butt on the way out.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        You guys, the ‘echo chamber’ have proven The Captains point. Just invective. That’s all you got. But for some reason, some of you have to get personal and even some have to attack Tutt. That’s not only disgraceful (but not surprising) but cowardly. You guys should show some maturity and tolerance. But I know I am speaking to a closed minded clique.

      • flypusher says:

        Well buzzy, if it’s so damn bad and unfair here, go elsewhere. But you sure do project the image of the curmudgeonly type whose main form of recreation is complaining, so I don’t expect that you will.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Complaining? Me? Every post by Chris is a missive of complaints and invective. Are you insane or just stupid?

      • flypusher says:

        Buzzy, given the microscopic thinness if your skin, it’s amazing you’ve survived so long in such an open society. You truly were born much too late.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Buzzy wants to rail about “maturity and tolerance”?

        REALLY?

    • johngalt says:

      “Yeah, whatever.”

      Well, you got something right – and you ended on a high note.

    • bubbabobcat says:

      CaptSternn says:
      January 8, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      “This is a closed group, not really reaching many people.” and “Guess he [Chris] just can’t handle open forums.”

      Cappy, do you even realize how childish and petulant you sound in your sour grapes wingnut whine just because you’re not happy someone else’s blog is not run EXACTLY the way YOU want it?

      Write your own damn blog if you want the world to revolve around you. Oh yeah, you did and no one gave a damn or even noticed it so you had to tuck your tail between your legs and shitcan it.

      So now you cast aspersions that Chris is a dictator and has a crappy obscure blog just because he doesn’t cater to you and only you?

      Um, what happened to your faux “personal freedom and liberties” mantra? Only for those that agree with you 100% apparently.

      Also, I think Larry O’Donnell broadcasting one of Chris’ blog verbatim (with attribution) on national cable TV (and the sudden spike in new posters) factually trumps your pathetic, insecure crybaby sour grapes whine Cappy.

      You have demonstrated yet again why you deservedly engender and receive no respect whatsoever Cappy.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        It is very easy for anyone to preach to the choir.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        And it is apparently quite “easy” (second nature really) for buzzy and Cappy to incessantly whine hypocritically without a shred of introspection, self awareness, or honesty. Despite the preponderance of incontrovertible evidence and data presented by the “choir” [re: anyone across the political spectrum who dare to disagree one whit].

    • Turtles Run says:

      I am now reminded of a Huffington Post article I read last year.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aaron-james/defining-assholes_b_5273535.html

      • dowripple says:

        Wow there were a lot of assholes on the road today. 🙂

        That article reminded me of Spaceballs:

        Dark Helmet: Careful you idiot! I said across her nose, not up it!
        Laser Gunner: Sorry sir! I’m doing my best!
        Dark Helmet: Who made that man a gunner?
        Major Asshole: I did sir. He’s my cousin.
        Dark Helmet: Who is he?
        Colonel Sandurz: He’s an asshole sir.
        Dark Helmet: I know that! What’s his name?
        Colonel Sandurz: That is his name sir. Asshole, Major Asshole!
        Dark Helmet: And his cousin?
        Colonel Sandurz: He’s an asshole too sir. Gunner’s mate First Class Philip Asshole!
        Dark Helmet: How many asholes do we have on this ship, anyway?
        [Entire bridge crew stands up and raises a hand]
        Entire Bridge Crew: Yo!
        Dark Helmet: I knew it. I’m surrounded by assholes!
        [Dark Helmet pulls his face shield down]
        Dark Helmet: Keep firing, assholes!

      • flypusher says:

        Mel Brooks is a national treasure!

      • Turtles Run says:

        Most of my favorite comedies are Mel Brooks movies. Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, History of the World Part 1, and Get Smart (TV) are classics.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Mel Brooks goes a little hit-and-miss with me, as do the Three Stooges.

        But I still *adore* the Marx Brothers.

      • fiftyohm says:

        What about “The Producers”? Great on stage too!

    • rightonrush says:

      poor, poor, POOR Sternn. If I could remember where I placed my tiny violin I’d play you a special tune.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Now RoR you are proving his point. With all your alleged helicopter and service record, you and your buddies are sure cowardly attacking The Captain’s woman. Wimp!

      • flypusher says:

        Any other nerds get a Star Trek memory from that post?

      • rightonrush says:

        LOL, “The Captain’s woman”. Bet you belched and scratched your belly (notice I didn’t say arse because I wouldn’t want to offend your delicate sensibilities) when you wrote that description of Tutt.

      • dowripple says:

        Isn’t the story of the “Captain’s Woman” one of Chaucer’s tales?

      • rightonrush says:

        Yes Dow there’s Chaucer, and there’s also La Malinche known as the “The Captain’s Woman”.
        http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/224-la-malinche-harlot-or-heroine

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        I remember the classic *Star Trek* episode “Mirror, Mirror.”

        Does anybody wonder whether Sternn manages any facial hair? Or would that be left to his intelligent, polite, well-educated counterpart? (No, that’s not Tutt, of course: the mirror-universe version of Sternn, who doesn’t hide behind the cartoon image of a rapist.)

      • Turtles Run says:

        Whatever happened to the litter dwelling idiot? At least that hooded cat was entertaining?

    • Owl of Bellaire says:

      Sternn, you really are a wet nappie.

      Your opinions are most certainly “tolerated”. No-one here has tried to blow your brains out, even though you made your home address a matter of public record. It’s just that “free speech” does not convey freedom from being told you’re a deluded asshole. Which we do, because you are.

      I accept many imperfections in myself and in others. Some I have fixed; some I work on; some I’ll probably never be able to address. But I’ve never seen anyone revel quite so much in their inanity and ignorance as you do. Perhaps the confidence-challenged Captain’s Woman feels better when she hangs around lame asses such as you. (In the classic *Star Trek* episode “Mirror, Mirror” that I recall when I hear the title “the Captain’s Woman”, said person was much, much smarter than Mirror-Universe Kirk. Of course, with you that’s no challenge at all.)

      I’d never attack Tutt in order to get at you. I attack Tutt since she crows about enjoying your trollery, proving herself to be little but a vindictive tramp who gets off on seeing her boyfriend act like a bull in a china shop. Maybe you should go into professional wrestling instead, since it would at least open a career based more on honesty and facts than your pursuits here. Oh, and you’d get to play the victim on an even wider stage.

  8. Anse says:

    I’m kind of nostalgic for the Austin of yore, when local bands seemed to go out of their way to avoid any possibility of mainstream success. Yes, it was primarily because they were sucky musicians and embraced this fact, but it was fun. Me and my buds would scrutinize the music listings for the weekend and pick out the most offensive band names. They were quite often terrible but also hilarious, and occasionally kick-ass.

    But the cool thing about Austin back in the day was that it was a place where musicians who had little chance of making it nationally could congregate and do their thing. That’s really what Willie Nelson did, after all. Nashville wanted him to be Eddy Arnold, but he was no crooner. He came back to Texas and made a sound nobody had heard before.

    I’m not a hater. I like the new Austin, even if it is a bit crowded. I’ll say this much, though. If you are a musician whose success depended on the governor’s office, you suck.

    • Crogged says:

      I saw some of the first public performances of the bands at the top of your list and went to ‘after’ parties with musician friends of lesser known bands. As you describe, back in the day you never knew what might happen. Like you, I’m not opposed to the ‘new’ Austin, in part because the old Austin prepared me for the unexpected. Some of my best friends are still there and I depend on them to take me to the charms off the beaten path. Sometimes who I was takes offense with where I am now, but there it is for many of us.

      • Anse says:

        I hear you. I certainly did not foresee me settling down to a comfortable middle class suburban lifestyle in Houston. I’m going back to Austin to visit friends in a couple of weeks, actually. I’m looking forward to it. We’ll probably just hang out and have a few beers. Maybe we’ll set up the old Tascam eight track and record some drunk cover tunes like we used to do.

      • Crogged says:

        Tickle Monsters, STB, Rank and File ring a bell?

      • easyfortytwo says:

        Standing Waves, Glass Eye, Meat Joy, Two Nice Girls…

  9. “…unusually tight cooperation between the state and leaders in the arts industries.”

    Ewww. Gross.

    Two words: Willie. Nelson.
    Three words: Robert. Earl. Keen.
    Two more: George. Strait.
    Two more: Waylon. Jennings.
    Two more: Lyle. Lovett.
    Two more: Shake. Russell.
    Two more: Dana. Cooper.
    Two more: Pat. Green.
    Two more: Cory. Morrow.
    Two more: Adam. Carroll.
    Two more: Miranda. Lambert.

    I could go on and on and on.

    Texas music sure as heck don’t need guv’ment to survive and thrive.

    • Houston-stay-at-Homer says:

      I might move Miranda Lambert a bit higher up on that list, but good to know that folks with incredibly poor taste in politics can have good taste in music.

      • HH, the list was more chronological than by order of preference. I could (and do) happily listen to any of them all day long. It’s said music is the universal language. Maybe there’s hope for the hairless beach apes after all. 😉

        Carroll at his best:

        Morrow from the sublime:

        to the ridiculous:

        and REK’s perfect song for the old fart with the new Indian (a.k.a. the Geezer-Glide, a.k.a. the Rolling Barcalounger):

        God loves us and wants us to be happy!

    • Anse says:

      I have a better list.

      Butthole Surfers
      The Dicks
      The Big Boys
      Scratch Acid
      Crust
      Moist Fist
      Pocket FishRMen
      Daniel Johnston
      The Judys
      Really Red
      dead horse
      Willie Nelson

      Because if you don’t love Willie Nelson, you’re an asshole.

    • johngalt says:

      No, the musicians don’t. The big business that has become SXSW, ACL, and the other events, does indeed require some coordination between the private and public sectors. It’s inconceivable that one could put on an event like SXSW without full buy-in from local governments (security, permitting, traffic control, etc.); because this is Austin, this involved the state as well. This has allowed Austin to capitalize on the “weird” reputation to make some real money and generate a buzz that has raised the profile of the city far beyond what a university town with a part-time government should have.

    • kabuzz61 says:

      Great list. Also the Subdudes, Sonny Landreth, Roy Rogers (blues, slide), John Hiatt, and it was great when Shake Russell was teamed WITH Dana Cooper.

  10. Owl of Bellaire says:

    Why, yes, the incoming Republican-dominated Congress is all about fiscal responsibility and other such sensible conservative issues. I mean, look at their priorities:

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/republican-congress-attacks-abortion-rights

    • dowripple says:

      If Republicans spent half as much time and energy on sex education and providing contraception as they did fighting Roe/Wade all these years, abortion would not be an issue today. I don’t necessarily have anything against a ban after so many weeks, but this constant droning is insane. Especially when one considers the awful conditions in this country when contraception AND abortion were illegal. Doesn’t anybody in that party believe in fixing the root cause?

      • johngalt says:

        The root cause, according to many social conservatives, is immoral women who can’t keep their legs closed. They seem to forget basic biological facts such as “it takes two to tango,” so their ability to direct nuances of social policy is limited.

      • dowripple says:

        True, the concept is lost on those who can’t accept the universal truth that people have always had, and will continue to have, sex for fun. I guess that would be step 1…

      • flypusher says:

        And not just people, Dow. Other primates and dolphins will also have sex purely for fun.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        With the opposite sex Fly.

      • flypusher says:

        Not always buzzy; I suggest you go google “bonobos” for a start, if you actually care to correct your ignorance. Not to mention what a non sequitur, as abortion laws, not same sex marriage, is the topic.

        Memo to the buzz-bot programmers- could you plaease add a “check topic” function? Thanks.

      • johngalt says:

        Same sex couplings have been documented in just about every vertebrate species imaginable. Mammals, birds, reptiles, you name it. So when the prudish claim that homosexuality is “unnatural” they are about as wrong as it is possible to be.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        And not just wrong, but flagrantly and self-congratulatingly uninformed.

    • Turtles Run says:

      But it is Democrats that are always bring up social issues, the tea party is about fiscal issues….or some other tripe they love to keep droning on about.

    • way2gosassy says:

      Blackburn was mightily encouraged by the passing of amendment 1 on the State ballot of Tennessee in the most recent elections. The passage of this amendment was dependent on the vote count for Governor and as a result it is still up in the air as to whether or not the Tennessee legislature will be able to amend the states constitution concerning abortion.

  11. rightonrush says:

    OT, but for those interested in the future of health care in Texas this is a good read.
    http://www.coderedtexas.org/files/2015-code-red-report.pdf

    • 1mime says:

      No surprises in the TX code red report if one follows health care issues, but it is a good summary of status and options. In looking more deeply into the 1115 waivers, I found this Kaiser foundation brief that expands upon the code red report: (http://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/8196.pdf)

      Bottom line, Texas has too many uninsured or under-insured despite a booming economy. There is little if any interest on the part of the state legislature or elected officials to make substantive changes or consider Medicaid expansion. Why, then, should the federal government renew the 1115 waivers when Texas demonstrates little commitment to address its health problems while simultaneously criticizing the very programs they want renewed in Texas? Having it both ways has become politically convenient.

      Tax paying Texans seem oblivious to the fact that their health insurance premiums and property taxes are only going to continue to go up in another hidden tax. Sick people can’t work and when they can’t work, they don’t get paid which reduces local sales taxes and federal income taxes. Let me be clear: I’m talking about WORKING PEOPLE, not welfare abusers, who are having a tough time making ends meet.

      If it’s a liberal point of view to care about these people, then, count me in. What I abhor are the hypocrites who seek the votes of the poor while criticizing them and ignoring their needs.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Excellent points 1mime.

        And I would add that it’s apparently “a liberal point of view” to approach an issue with the long view and to understand fiscal responsibility beyond “I got mine and screw the rest of you” which doesn’t work anyway as johngalt noted in a previous blog post.

        Reposting here because I feel it is worth a second mention:

        johngalt says:
        January 8, 2015 at 9:46 am
        “Currently, Texans pay tax money to the feds to subsidize Medicaid expansions in other states. We also pay tax money to local hospital districts to support indigent and uninsured care. We pay city and county taxes that provide emergency services that are over utilized by uninsured people who wait until crisis sets in to seek care. We also pay premiums on our insurance bills that cover charity care provided by doctors and hospitals (in other words, our cost of care is higher than it needs to be because we all subsidize free riders). Expanding Medicaid would save money in the long run for all of us, so refusing to expand is really cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.”

        Paying more in the long run in taxes to eliminate government programs to care for the indigent to supported a selfish and judgmental dogmatic world view while claiming to fiscal responsibility is apparently the hallmark of being a self proclaimed “conservative”. Which has largely become synonymous with “stupid”.

  12. flypusher says:

    Speaking of Abbott, looks like he’s really not down with local gov’t:

    http://m.chron.com/news/local/article/Abbott-City-regulations-on-trees-bags-fracking-6001973.php?cmpid=hpfc

    Seriously, does anyone think that WestU lacks for people who want to own property there because they have strict laws about trees??? Methinks I smell a scapegoat in the making; one thing that could really hurt the “TX economic miracle” would be sustained low oil prices. But if that happens we can just point to “California-izaion” instead. Brilliant!!!

  13. Owl of Bellaire says:

    So, a question for the more knowledgable and historically honest members of the forum.

    My spouse and I were chatting over dinner last night, and a question came up: who was the last conservative public figure to be assassinated (or have a reasonable attempt made) for domestic political reasons?

    Liberals certainly can point to such losses. Perhaps abortion doctors George Tiller, Barnett Slepian, John Britton, and David Gunn don’t count as public figures (though their assassinations were most definitely over political differences). Martin Luther King, Jr. is an obvious example, even if John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy’s assassins confound such easy classification (as does Gabrielle Giffords’). Talk-show host Alan Berg and Arab anti-discrimination leader Alex Odeh also seem to meet the criteria, though they’re no Kings to be sure. Larry Flynt probably makes the cut, though he survived. We can go way back to Medgar Evers, but I think I’ve made my point.

    But who is there on the conservative side? You can’t quite claim Reagan: wanting to impress Jodie Foster is not really a political disagreement. Lynette Fromme (of Ford fame) was also hardly of sound mind. I suppose you can include McKinley, but that’s in 1901. A little digging turns up Samuel Byck’s 1974 attempt against Richard Nixon, which seems the most recent, seriously motivated attempt so far.

    Am I missing anything? Or are most politically motivated American assassins really conservatives?

    • goplifer says:

      Does Huey Long count?

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Was Long really “conservative”? He was a brash populist who created a program actually called “Share Our Wealth”.

    • goplifer says:

      No, wait. George Wallace.

      • rightonrush says:

        Wallace is the one I come up with.

      • Creigh says:

        According to his diary, Wallace’s would-be assassin was motivated by fame, not politics, and had also considered targeting Nixon. (Wikipedia)

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Hadn’t Wallace “converted” by the time of his assassination attempt and “no longer a racist” or at least reversed his segregationist stance? Political opportunism?

    • dowripple says:

      I suppose Floyd Lee Corkins II qualifies, but I’m having a hard time coming up with more.

      • dowripple says:

        Oops, you said “figure”. I’m not sure Perkins qualifies (and he never got close to him).

      • dowripple says:

        Wow, sorry for the incoherent explanation (again).

        I was focused on “liberal, politically motivated assassins”, and not the target being a political figure. The loon I offered was against the FRC, and Tony Perkins.

    • flypusher says:

      There were 2 attempts on Ford, both by women. Can’t remember the name of the 2nd one (Sarah something?), but her motives may have been more political. Off to Google.

    • Crogged says:

      Wallace. Cromwell posthumously……

    • 1mime says:

      Well, from the deficit of names from Lifer’s regular followers, I’d have to say you aren’t missing a thing. The record appears to stand on its own.

    • Actually, Owl, the one thing that scares me the most about the current atmosphere of political polarization is the potential for politically-motivated violence. I have a very distinct childhood memory of the Kennedy assassination: my mother standing at the kitchen sink, washing dishes, while quietly weeping. I’d hate for this country to revisit those days.

      Violent nutballs are subject to fads just like everyone else. Copycat mass shootings at soft venues (schools, theaters, etc.) are all the current rage for these monsters. If just one of them gets it into his head to take out a national politician, look out. It’ll be game on.

      As for the right/left body count, I’ll posit the following: Lefties tend to go in for large scale state-sponsored violence (Stalin, Mao, Pol-Pot, etc.). Individually, lefties tend to be a bit incompetent when it comes to mayhem. Righties, on the other hand, seem to prefer direct, individual action, and unfortunately seem to be more competent at it. Consider Hinckley: a .22 LR revolver? Are you kidding me? No competent handler of firearms would ever consider making an assassination attempt with a .22. MLK’s assassin, on the other hand, chose a scoped .30-06 Remington 760 pump action rifle. If you positively, absolutely want to get someone dead, it’s hard to beat a high power rifle.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Then your position is right wing nuts are more determined and more detailed and thorough in their nuttiness than left wing nuts? Oh joy. I would gladly accept a lefty’s desultory incompetence in that “skill” any day.

        And as for Hinckley being a lefty, I think someone else already noted that delusionally shooting a sitting President at the time to impress an actress he was infatuated with is not necessarily politically motivated and definitely not due to any disagreement with Reagan’s policies. He would just as likely shoot Carter or Clinton but Reagan happened to be Prez at the time of his “inspiration”.

        And as for lefty large scale state sponsored violence, Hitler anyone?

        Cue Cappy next with his histrionic claim that Nazism was “left wing” because of a contextually invalid “Socialist” predicator in the official Nazi party name.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Bubba, as always you missed the point. Duh! The left is prone to MASS murders. So, glad you own it.

      • Bubba: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National *Socialist* *Workers* Party). Why is it that the left never can claim their own?

        Hitler’s perverse brilliance was that he managed to marry populist class warfare with nationalist racism. Into the showers, all you bourgeois Jew scum! Nazism was merely the *evolution* of socialism in Germany.

        Actually, as Hayek so deftly illustrated, totalitarianism in one guise or another is the *inevitable* end game of socialism. The Germans, who *invented* socialism, present Nazism as type specimen “A” in support of this theorem. Add to this exhibit Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, the Kims, the Castros, Ortega, Chavez, etc., ad nauseum. The road to serfdom is well-trodden indeed, and in the 20th century, at least, it go through socialism-ville every time.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Buzzy pay attention why don’t you? “Duh!” Then you can possibly make yourself look a smidgen less reactionarily ignorant. Possibly. Though you make a valiant attempt to suppress that urge to sound even the least bit intelligent. And have succeeded quite well. Congrats buzzy.

        TThor FIRST mentioned Hinckley as a left wing assassin. I responded. It’s there for all to see.

        And laugh AT you buzzy.

        So glad you continually demonstrate your ignorance time and again despite your stubborn refusal to own it.

      • dowripple says:

        “Hitler’s perverse brilliance was that he managed to marry populist class warfare with nationalist racism. Into the showers, all you bourgeois Jew scum! Nazism was merely the *evolution* of socialism in Germany.”

        Normally I don’t butt into these types of discussions about Hitler, but I sincerely hope you understand that anti-Semitism in Europe is centuries old. You make it sound like it’s a socialist thing, or due to one asshole’s “brilliance”. Pogroms and anti-Jewish riots happened all over Europe, not just in “socialist” countries. Anytime you ever want to talk about the real root cause, I’m all for that. 🙂

        I am curious though, what is it that you think will lead the US into totalitarianism? Social safety net? Environmental regulations? Regulation of working hours? Even Hayek supported those. I ask because you sound an awful lot like those “Fourth Turning” nutjobs, and I always thought you were smarter than that. Statements like; “Why is it that the left never can claim their own?” and “*inevitable* end game of socialism” just make my skin crawl.

        Apologies if I misunderstood and cheers!

      • unarmedandunafraid says:

        It’s been a long time since I read Hayek and I don’t think I understood it anyway. Which made me leery because it was probably my limited intellect that made me unable to understand it but there is the slight possibility that it was baloney. You know a “blind them with bullshit” tactic. I’ll have to reread it. Maybe he was overreacting to recent world events. I’ll keep an open mind.

        I can’t remember if he put a timetable on this inevitability. If so, when will the Scandinavian countries going full totalitarian? I guess the rest of Europe will be next then Canada then the US.

        We’ll have some notice, assuming the more socialist, the more likely we will go over the totalitarian cliff.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Et tu TThor? I expected better of you.

        Thanks Dow and Unarmed for the quicker reply.

        From Wiki:

        “The term “National Socialism” arose out of attempts to create a nationalist REDFINITION of “socialism”, as an ALTERNATIVE to both internationalist Marxist socialism and free market capitalism. This required a Volksgemeinschaft or “people’s community” of all Germans. It rejected the Marxist concept of class struggle, opposed ideas of equality and international solidarity, and sought to defend private property.”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazism

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Tracy snarls, “If just one of them gets it into his head to take out a national politician, look out. It’ll be game on.”

        Oh, Tracy! I wilt at your display of vigor and manly testosterone! Please explain to me just how you would play this “game”? Or are you just offering more self-congratulatory frothing, since it’s faster than masturbating?

        Perhaps if you actually cared about reading rather than just self-pleasure, you’d have noticed that I specifically excluded the Hinckley/Reagan attempt, since Hinckley was a deluded nutball who had no concern for Reagan’s domestic policies (vile as they were), but only wanted to impress an actress so she’d date him. (And given such limited literary abilities on your part, one shudders to think what it is that keeps you so transfixed with Hayek. What do you bleat while reading? “Oh, ah, I’m an individual! Ooooh, I love imagining markets *without* their fetters!”)

        Now, in reality, of course, as opposed to your rock-ribbed-for-your-own-pleasure fantasies, the Nazis grew out of militant nationalists: see Anton Drexler of the German Fatherland Party, who founded the German Workers’ Party (which specifically considered and *discarded* the adjective “Socialist” for its name). Drexler made it very clear to his followers that, unlike Marxists, the party’s policy was to offer social welfare only to German citizens deemed part of the Aryan race. And *this* was the group which later became the National Socialist German Workers Party.

        One wonders why brain-drained conservatives love to claim that the Nazis were a far left-wing group, and so were the Soviets… and yet the two groups killed more of each other than the Allies ever did. Oh, right: we’re not to think about that. (Conservatism these days *seldom* involved thinking, just repeating well-worn chestnuts and talking points.) It’s all about getting to think of yourself as high and mighty, someone who can snarl “game on!” without having everyone laughing at you.

        Too late.

      • Bubba, please get a clue. (Or at least read the entire wiki article. Other than repeating typical lib propaganda on the relationship of Nazism to political factions in this country, it’s not bad.) Ask any WWII era German Jewish business or property owner (if you can find one living) whether the Nazi’s “sought to defend private property.” LOL.

        Socialism is based on forced redistribution of wealth utilizing the coercive might of the administrative state (by controlling the means of production and distribution and the disposal of property) from the propertied class (the bourgeois) to the working class (the proletariat). Hitler merely altered the target and receptor. Rather than having the state steal from *all* property owners, the state steals only from undesirables (Jews, Slavs, etc.). The receptor of state largess is changed from the proletariat to all good Germans (Aryans).

        Hitler utilized the administrative state apparatus just like his socialist precursors. He simply targeted a different set of victims. Think about how clever this was. He didn’t pick on the rich, he subverted them. And rather than attempt to strip a powerful (rich) minority of their rights and property, he attacked a reviled and politically weak minority (Jews) and mobilized the entire country against all non-Aryans (basically all non-Germans). It all amounted to a really, really brilliantly evil political pivot, and one that would never have been possible without the political trappings of socialism first greasing the skids.

        Dow, my distaff ancestors were the victims of those centuries of pogroms. That’s why they came to America. (Incidentally, the mortality rate for those of my mother’s family who stayed behind was ~85%. Vienna, Budapest and Minsk were not healthy places for Jews in WWII). Hitler built his political empire on that underlying animus.

        As to whether it could happen here, I certainly hope not. No doubt most Germans in 1930 didn’t think it could happen there, either. However, the continued growth of the U.S. administrative state, the constant erosion of individual rights, and the ongoing chipping away at the rule of law by the executive branch are all necessary precursors to utter disaster.

        Unarmed, extremely homogeneous countries with small populations (e.g. the Scandinavian countries), or extremely pluralistic countries (e.g. the U.S) can probably hope to avoid the totalitarian end game of socialism. Countries with small, segregated minorities (due to ethnicity, wealth, or some other defining parameter) are vulnerable in my view. Extremely homogeneous and insular countries (e.g. Japan) are also vulnerable.

        Totalitarianism and what I’ll call “malignant” socialism both rely on the politics of division to gain a foothold. A clearly defined enemy, external or internal, is required. If you can avoid that, you can have your socialist cake and eat it, too. (Note that Obama’s extraordinarily divisive politics do nothing to make that relatively benign outcome more likely.)

        I actually worry quite a bit about France in this respect. Muslims in France in many cases are confined to what my Jewish ancestors called “ghettos.” French political factions like the National Front are poised to take gruesome advantage of these conditions. Yes, the National Front is considered right-wing, but make no mistake, they would totally suborn the socialist administrative state to their own ends should they ever come to power.

        Our goal should *always* be to minimize the power and size of the federal administrative state, lest it be put to evil use by some populist tyrant. That was Hayek’s message in a nutshell. He was a German who lived to see it happen in his own country. We ignore his jeremiad at our own peril.

      • And owl, do you have *anything* useful to say? Ever? Could you possibly be more tediously tendentious? Or more boorishly crass? Methinks not. Bravo! Repair to the nearest toilet and give yourself a swirly – you’ve earned it.

      • unarmedandunafraid says:

        So those guys I see with shaved heads and swastikas tattooed on their knuckles are lefties?

      • goplifer says:

        Everyone who is bad is a leftist. Learn it. Know it. Close your mind to any and all other possibilities. Bask in the warm comforting glow of a carefully constructed personal reality.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        Thank you unarmed for noting and highlighting that glaring incongruity first again. Targeted persecution of an unempowered minority is “socialist”? Really TThor? You have gone over the deep end and stretched credibility and credulity with that one.

        Right wing fascism is “socialism” based on persecution of a specific minority?

        Soooo, virulent racist KKK night riders are socialist? Jim Crow laws are socialist? David Duke, George Wallace, Strom Thurmond, etc. are all “socialists”?

        Does Cappy know he is flying the socialist flag? Man his head is going to explode when you break that bad news to him.

        Seizing assets of a specific minority as opposed to collectivization of assets of the entire populace is “socialism”? Wow, just wow.

        Hate to say it TThor you are now in the same rarified class as buzzy and Cappy in twisted convoluted “logic” to justify an unsustainable position.

      • bubbabobcat says:

        And TThor as for your totally partisan delusional rant against Obama, so who is the purveyor of divisive politics; the Black guy who killed bin Laden and presided over the economic recovery of the worst recession since the Great Depression promulgated by his Republican predecessor (despite all the roadblocks thrown his way by his opponents) , or the Republican party leader Mitch McConnell who vowed (and failed) to “do everything in [his] power to make him a one term President?

        And if you are worried about the stability of this country because the Black guy is President but not the least bit concerned about the Republican President whose arrogant megalomaniacal gross abuse of his Presidential powers was so egregious he resigned when caught red handed, maybe you are just a bit of an irrational blind partisan? And that’s the kindest interpretation I can muster of your nonsensical polemical hate rant.

  14. flypusher says:

    Unless Monahan was involved in shady, underhanded stuff like embezzlement or nepotism, I’m hard pressed to see what cause anyone would have for complaint about how he did his job. Given the current situation of the music scene, why try to fix something that not only doesn’t appear to the broken, but rather working quite well?

  15. Creigh says:

    Nice link, ‘lifer. We travel down from New Mexico three or four times a year to hear some of our favorite musicians and visit our favorite dance halls and honky-tonks. I don’t have any comment on the TMO, but I doubt this will have much effect where we go, where you buy a beer or two and put $10 in the tip jar.

  16. Crogged says:

    The new candidate knows: “Armadillo World Headquarters”, “Vulcan Gas Company”, “Liberty Lunch” and “Raul’s” (credit granted for substituting knowledge of Club Foot) for what they mean to the live music scene in Austin and why 6th Street doesn’t fucking matter at all.

    I would need help in developing search committee parameters regarding the long haired country outlaw genre, other than my last item.

    They must reasonably articulate an appreciation for our huge Hispanic music culture and the history of the blues scene in Houston.

    Must sing London Homesick Blues from memory.

  17. Owl of Bellaire says:

    On the topic of another incompetently corrupt Republican, I was trés amusée (nous sommes tous Charlie!) when Mitch McConnell’s ham-handed claim of credit for recent economic improvements was met with the following response from Mo Elleithee, the Democratic National Committee Communications Director:

    That Mitch McConnell is one funny guy! He likes to remind people all the time that he’s not a scientist. Now we know he’s not a mathematician or an economist either.

    Actually, the same response explains the incompetence of most of the Tea Partisan claques in this forum.

    • tuttabellamia says:

      Amusée???? Finally, a clue to your gender!

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Actually, I confess that I don’t speak French and have to rely on Google Translate. What did I just “admit”?

      • tuttabellamia says:

        Right. A polyglot like you has no knowledge of French. Plus, a perfectionist grammarian like you wouldn’t be caught dead posting an adjective that didn’t agree in gender with its antecedent. Even if you didn’t know French, you would check to make sure it was correct.

        Non, mon amie.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Are you going to hold your slavering, idiot boyfriend to the same high standards you expect of others? Or are you back just to sit on your hands again and laugh in comradely fashion at his hateful and infantile antics?

      • tuttabellamia says:

        Mais, oui . . .

      • tuttabellamia says:

        Actually, no. I take that back. I’d rather laugh at your own antics.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Touche’ Tutt. She deserved it, earned it and needs it. Hate is hate.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Tut, tut, Tutt. You’re getting increasingly lame.

      • rightonrush says:

        LOL, Tutt shakes her pom-poms while the Confederate Flag proudly waves over Sternn mobile home. It’s hard to take these folks seriously.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Tutt, see how it goes. You defend yourself and the echo chamber comes out in full force to denigrate you. You mustn’t disagree with the echo chamber.

      • rightonrush says:

        If you morons can’t take the heat I’d suggest you keep your mouths shut. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

        Abraham Lincoln

        Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/abrahamlin109276.html#3zUkbg6UlZbIEcky.99

      • kabuzz61 says:

        RightonRush, I have applied that rule to you many times and you prove it almost every time.

      • Turtles Run says:

        RoR – Sorry buddy that ship has sailed a long time ago in the hooded ones case. A good one can be made for the lady Captain as well.

      • rightonrush says:

        Turtles I’ve given up on the cat suit. His suit is so far up his butt that it’s cut off the blood supply to his brain. As far as Sternn’s lady goes, anyone who condones flying the Rebel Flag and cheers on his stupidity has gotta be hurting for a companion IMO. Pretty sad, but that’s JMO.

      • objv says:

        Toot sweet (that’s French), reading through some of these comments has been like walking through a field full of dog poop. Nasty!

        For a liberal group of people who pride themselves on tolerance and being open to new ideas, this bunch displays a remarkable degree of classism and intolerance.

        A los cerdos les gusta revolcarse en el barro.

      • rightonrush says:

        That dog don’t hunt anymore objv. Take your fake righteous indignation somewhere else.

      • Turtles Run says:

        We display a open lack of tolerance for BS. Many of us refuse to suffer fools. There are conservatives we can discuss topics with on friendly basis but blind partisans that refuse to advance any argument beyond grunting Democrats bad and Republicans good will be treated in the manner they treat others.

      • objv says:

        ROR and Turtles. Tutt has been my friend for years. No one on this blog has tried harder to be a peacemaker and be friendly than her. It is hard for me to see her insulted in any way.

        As far as Cap, why the classist attitude towards him? Here in NW New Mexico homes are expensive and lots of people live in trailers. Many of the Native American men, especially the young ones, sport a ponytail. My husband belongs to a group of motorcyclists who are a mixture of Hispanic, Native American, and white. Some live in nice homes; some live in trailers Why are you so critical of lifestyle choices? Cap is far from a fool. Anyone who is happy living within their means and is in a loving relationship is a success in my book.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Obj you hit it on the head. The so called compassion and tolerance of the left has been proven to be bullshit to the nth degree. Now they are picking on Tutt do to her relationship with The Captain.

        I have seen this before with them making fun of Palin and her downs syndrome child, Trig. They don’t even realize how incredibly cruel and ignorant they make themselves out to be.

        The only thing The Captain and I state are our opinions but that isn’t tolerated yet they spout theirs. See the duplicity?

      • bubbabobcat says:

        objv says:
        January 8, 2015 at 2:41 pm

        “Cap is far from a fool.”

        From someone who characterized DanMan as “a breath of fresh air” to a new poster and who openly admitted in print to enjoying being a troll.

        Forgive me if I have no respect whatsoever for what you say OV. You reap what you sow. Or at least what you say. Which I believe is everyone else’s point. Show some responsibility and courage and own up to it at least.

      • rightonrush says:

        objv, I could give a rats arse where or what Sternn lives in. He would live in a 100 Billion dollar home and if he flew the Confederate flag he would still be a piece of shit IMO. It’s nice that you and Tutt are friends, perhaps you both might try making real friends with someone outside of Cyper space. You think Sternn is “no fool”. Sorry, you opinion regarding Sternn doesn’t mean jack all to me. IMO you are just another cheerleader shaking her pom-poms for a person that glorifies a flag that vilifies an entire race of humans.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Y’know, for someone who complains a lot about an “echo chamber”, kabuzz sure seems to like it when he gets his own claque of unthinking supporters.

      • flypusher says:

        I really don’t like jumping into other people’s fracases, but I will this once. There is really no need to be getting personal here. Do not the perveyors of logical facilities and outright bullshit give a target rich environment with just their statements? I think they do.

        Now returning my fire towards the fair game targets.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        What can anyone say about Bubba talking about DanMan without laughing at him. Bubba himself almost got banned and was publicly chastised by Chris for his hate filled comments. It is no surprise that he is back at it. And I think he is infecting RoR, because he seems to be off the deep end now.

    • bubbabobcat says:

      Aaaaand buzzy willfully misses the point again and resorts to hurling non sequitur invectives.

      I’m shocked, just absolutely shocked…

  18. Crogged says:

    I used to listen to FM radio and I’m sure that aging white guys who think Ted Nugent is edgy and rebellious are underrepresented in the Republican party.

    • kabuzz61 says:

      Is there any liberal on this site that can comment without adding race into the equation? Don’t think so.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        I did. But apparently you can’t read. Or choose not to think.

        Actually, there’s substantial evidence for both.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        But, kabuzz, if you’re really looking for it, here’s something you can wallow in:

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/06/1355980/-What-s-Really-Wrong-with-the-GOP

        “For a five-month period that ends this week, every single elected Republican in Congress was a white Christian….

        “13% of America is African-American. 9% is of mixed race. 5% is Asian. 24% does not identify itself as Christian. 0% of those groups served as elected Congressional Republicans during the past five months.

        “GOP motto: ‘We’re monochromatic!’ The GOP: Is it a political party, or is it a tribe?

        “Tim Scott was sworn into the Senate yesterday, and Mia Love and Will Hurd are being sworn into the House today. That makes three elected African-American House Republicans, up from zero. They join 43 African-American Democrats.

        “Lee Zeldin also is being sworn into the House today. That makes one elected Jewish House Republican, up from zero. He joins 27 Jewish Democrats, two Muslim Democrats, two Buddhist Democrats and one Hindu Democrat.

        “I’m not talking about 13 years ago, when GOP Leadership Rep. Steve Scalise addressed a racist ‘European-American’ group. I’m talking about the last five months.

        “The conclusion is obvious: Judging by whom it elects to Congress, the GOP is now the White Christian Party.”

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        But, kabuzz, never let it be said that religious people can’t accomplish good. After all:

        http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/muslim-groups-donate-100k-to-prevent-detroit-water-shutoffs/30570082

        “Two Muslim organizations are donating $100,000 to provide assistance to Detroit residents facing water shutoffs or recovering from recent flooding.

        “The Michigan Muslim Community Council has partnered with Islamic Relief USA, the largest Muslim charity organization in the country, to help thousands of households at risk of having their water shut off. The grant will be divided between the Detroit Water Fund, United Way of Southeastern Michigan and Wayne Metro Community Council….

        “The two Muslim organizations hope their contribution will encourage others to do the same.”

      • kabuzz61 says:

        I seem to think that people can only vote for those that run. I think I heard that somewhere. But I guess it is the fault of the politician for the color of his skin. Yea! Rosie O’Donnell strikes again.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        So, mysteriously, Republicans are generally representative of the American populace, yet in the entire set of 246 elected representatives in Congress, by some miraculous chance, none of them are anything other than White Christians? Wow, kabuzz, you really are innumerate.

        Here’s Alan Grayson’s follow-up on his initial article, for you to choke on:

        http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/01/07/1356260/-Now-the-Nazis-REALLY-Hate-Me

        “I feel constrained to mention that I did not actually ‘attack’ the GOP for being the party of White Christians. I simply observed that for the past five months, every single elected GOP Member of Congress (all 250+ of them) has been a White Christian. Maybe it’s a coincidence. Let’s see: 27% of all Americans are black, mixed race or Asian. 24% do not identify themselves as Christians. Let’s suppose that half of all Americans are white, self-identified Christians, and half are not. What are the chances that 250 of the white Christians just randomly would end up as the Republicans in Congress, and 0 of the others?

        “Answer: 0.28 percent. There is a 0.28% chance that it’s all just a terrible misunderstanding. And a 99.72% chance that it’s not.”

      • kabuzz61 says:

        So let’s sum up. Grayson, clearly a whacko, no doubt spends a lot of time combing over data to count who is colored, who is not and what party they belong to. Is there ANY doubt that liberals only count color, only see color, only look for color? Rosie O’Donnell proved my point again.

      • dowripple says:

        He’s not whacko Buzz, he’s just curious and a fan of data.

        We need more people like that around here.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        According to kabuzz, we simply shouldn’t pay attention to race, and should ignore the fact that the Republican component of Congress were, for the past five months, as White as an Aryan Nation rally, while Democrats are more representative of the nation as a whole.

        Mistress Malaprop seems convinced that ignorance is bliss, and so strives for it as ardently as possible.

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Count on liberals. When you are in a Randall’s I bet you count how many cashiers are black vs white, that’s how deluded you are. You think articulating numbers is going to improve race relations. That is not only folly but stupid.

      • dowripple says:

        How can a problem be fixed if it’s not identified? How can a hypothesis be proved without testing?

        Good lord, we would be exchanging smoke signals instead of blog comments if everyone were as regressive as you.

        “When you are in a Randall’s I bet you count how many cashiers are black vs white, that’s how deluded you are.”

        Actually, you aren’t that wrong. However my curiosity is not limited to identifying racism. I have numerous databases at home ranging from domino scores to abortion rates. (My favorite projects involve fantasy football projections and that one time I decided to test basic strategy for blackjack.)

      • kabuzz61 says:

        The problem is identified Dow but counting people does not work and has not worked for decades. There are way too many variables about why this person or that person is where they are.

        I posit that the way to fix the problem is by dialogue. Unfortunately we only get monologues at this point. Leave the numbers out.

      • Owl of Bellaire says:

        Without counting people, kabuzz, how do you know whether or not there’s actually a problem?

        “Ignorance is Bliss” really does seem to be your organizing principle. And, I suppose, the only principle that you have, really.

      • objv says:

        Owl, off the top of my head, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Tim Scott would be considered minorities in the Senate. I’m not all that knowledgeable about members of the house, but Mia Love comes to mind, and she’s African American, Mormon and female. And, yes, I agree that too few Hispanics and African Americans are in Congress, but at least it’s a start, and hopefully, many more will be elected in the future.

  19. kabuzz61 says:

    I suggest we wait (OMG, that is grown up stuff) and see who is replacing him. But you liberals come out with the hate from the getgo.

    • Houston-stay-at-Homer says:

      I agree Buzz.

      I think the country appreciated the, “hey, let’s wait and see what the investigations say” attitude that was displayed about Benghazi before folks went jumping to conclusions.

    • kabuzz61 says:

      Gruber, if you don’t know the difference between murdered americans and a director of arts replacement, you aren’t as smart as you claim.

      • dowripple says:

        Yeah Homer, how un-American of you! Real Americans only jump to conservative conclusions [about liberals].

      • kabuzz61 says:

        Of course the left accused and wanted removed immediately the majority leader of the GOP who allegedly spoke at a David Duke convention 12 years ago but turned out to be aa short visit to a group not in the venue. But you liberals were all over it. Judging away. Rosie O’Donnell here is still at it. But go ahead with your denial selves. But it is liberals that bring up race. Every time. That is scary. Missouri under total democrat leadership gave the Furguson police officer a pass. Something to think about.

      • Houston-stay-at-Homer says:

        Fortunately, no one mentioned impeaching Obama and terminating Hillary for Benghazi.

  20. pdiddie says:

    Greg Abbott is offended by rock and roll, C&W, hip hop and rap and dancing in more ways than just the obvious ones.

  21. Owl of Bellaire says:

    Because the more corrupt the politician, like Greg Abbott, the deeper the “spoils system” of political patronage must go.

    I mean, when you clawed your way to power through ravaging a cancer-research agency, you’ve got to find something else to desecrate, right?

  22. rightonrush says:

    Wonder if Abbott will replace him with Ted Nugent.

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