Just back from a week-and-a-half vacation (a flight to the Dutch/Caribbean island of St. Maarten/St. Martin; a road trip to southwestern Ontario, Canada: Lakes Erie and Huron).
Anyway, I had to kill about 12 hours at the Miami International Airport, so I did a lot of reading.
Here was my favorite:
If you want to know about the politics of the new Texas, here's an excellent read - albeit from a particular point-of-view - from ROLLING STONE. (I had sense of a lot of this before, but this article nicely captures the new political continuum in Texas, where George W. Bush and even Rick Perry might come off as dangerously progressive.)
It is to be expected. You can see it here when Pizza gets so outraged because all the facts, with proofs of citations, aren't what he has always presumed...
It is summed up in the linked article by the phrase... "What are we afraid of?... It is: "I don't know, and that's the problem."
In dealing with Pizza, if the things he believed in were actually true, I'd certainly agree with him. We do have to fight Tyranny. WE do have to be vigilant about our liberties. But both he and Earl, and to some extent Mike, who is the more balanced of the three, state an interpretation of the real world showing that they have a loose grasp of facts. Even Rick Jensen can only cherry-pick to find facts that correspond to reinforcing his claims...
The fault lies with the media, of course... They are not doing their jobs. Big media which do not dispense facts, but spend most of their time spinning news to create news... Not telling us the truth...
These people in Texas simply are not getting facts... They are being whipped up by people taking advantage over their ignorance of not getting facts... Like in the South, if you believed that freeing the Negroes would cause them to take over your farms and kill you, you would have resisted. That was WHY they resisted. In the end, it was no big deal if separate-but-equal laws fell by the wayside. But in the mind of "what could have been", there was great danger... That is this 7% fringe in Texas today... However, it should be stated that in Iowa last weekend, a very similar "hate Obama" rally was staged by the Tea Party, and there were more press working it than people who showed. Perhaps 20 across the entire state of Iowa... That is more indicative of the U.S.A. today, then people kept in the dark, whipped by by fanatics, denied a chance to look at both sides, and then armed to the teeth and set out on a hapless population...
Same thing Al Qaeda does in Afghanistan...
We have fought people who don't get facts before... The Germans in WWII. The Japanese in WWII.. The Russians. The Chinese. The North Koreans. Al Qaeda... and those now whipped up by Sunni hot shots... All of them are given false information, which, in all honesty, if we were given the same, most of you would be on their side to.. Injustice is injustice, no matter how one looks at it...
Facts. Facts are what are missing... And that is why we have Texas going off half-cooked..
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 7:14pm
After reading this, I can take heart because if Russia won't accept me, I can always seek political asylum in Texas.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 8:49pm
Although they're a necessary evil just like the government, the shotgun-totin' rednecks in Texas and other parts of the old west provide a vital public service by preventing the government from becoming the intolerable evil that Thomas Paine spoke about. After reading this article, I can now sleep better at night knowing that the well-armed militia from Texas, with some help from either President Perry or President Cruz, will eventually liberate America from the kooks.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:11pm
I must say...that's one of the worst written, blatantly biased, one-sided stories I've read in quite some time...the picture at the top of the "article" pretty much sums up the stereotyping about to heaped upon Texas.
I'd like to read the same person's take on the NetRoots event in Detroit...starring Joe Biden and Fauxchahontas (progressive-darling Elizabeth Warren)...or maybe a report on the U.N. offering to provide water to the sad Motor City... Nothing but sunshine and lollipops to report on that side of politics, I'm sure.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 9:33pm
Earl: That's why I find this article so comforting. You know you're winning when the left is obviously acting very very scared.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:17pm
mrpizza: It would appear you are correct...that's why more articles like the one above from Rolling Stone will be appearing to slander any possible Texans for 2016.
btw, many of Bushes policies (and some of Perry's) were/are Progressive... there are no "perfect" candidates... you simply pick the one who best represents your beliefs AND is electable.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:21pm
Yes Earl, it always takes us back to the lesser evil.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:25pm
My biggest complaint about G.W. Bush was that he "reached across the aisle" to Ted Kennedy.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 10:33pm
Pizza to Kavips: You're right about "big media", but then we don't need them - we have Rush Limbaugh.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 7:57am
Yes, mrpizza, God forbid someone "reach across the aisle". There's nothing worse than a politician who's willing to work with people of differing viewpoints. Because Lord knows, this country is based on "My way or the highway".
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 8:36am
Welcome back Allan.
That was a poorly written article. It seemed difficult to read, as it didn't seem to flow. There's something about how it was written.
Anyhow, based on that article, Rick Perry is a liberal, and so is Bush Jr. The candidate replacing Rick Perry apparently is a very far-out right wingnut, an extremist. Extremists of either right or left are usually dangerous, because as Shawn pointed out, it's their way, or no way at all.
Al Mascitti gave an example the other day on his show with Hamas. Apparently back during the Clinton years, Bubba was trying to broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, and Hamas had gotten 95% of what they wanted, and they turned it down. So their worry about the women and children getting bombed by Israel rings false, as Al said. If they were truly worried, they'd find a way to make peace. They also wouldn't be putting the rocket launchers in peoples homes, etc.
Ted Cruz gave another example of this last fall when he shut down the government to try to force his will on the nation. His monkeyshines cost the taxpayers 2 Billion dollars and only succeeded in "ticking off" people.
I hope that Texas would become more "purple" than Red, but yet not Blue. We need a bit of both viewpoints. Extremism on either side is not a good thing.
Mrpizza: So you do admit you get your "news" from elRushbo. Rush, the modern day snake-oil salesmen or "secular" televangelist, except he's on the radio; so he's the modern-day Father Coughlin from the 1930's and 40's who spewed hatred on the radio. Yep, a great example for a "thinking man" to use as his news source. So you listen to the 'news' sources that will back up your viewpoint, never ones that will challenge them.
I sure hope you don't read the Bible that way. We are supposed to read God's Holy Word without preconceived ideas, so that we can hear what God is saying to us [not as much fun, because God's word will challenge us as Jesus overturns the moneylenders' carts that are in our hearts]. We should not be trying to make the Bible say what we believe it should say and there's a big difference between the two.
By the way Mrpizza, I totally understand why folks flock to churches that preach the "Prosperity Gospel"; it's far more fun to hear how God's going to send you a check to your mailbox than what the rest of Christendom hears preached, as Jesus said, Take up your Cross and Follow me.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:57am
I like how Rick Perry has started wearing glasses now. I think he picked this up from LeBron James, both trying to convince people they know how to read.
My only exposure to Texas politics comes from my uncle, who has lived in Texas for about 40 years now. He is a lifelong Republican, and he says that Rick Perry is stupider than George Bush.
I do remember that after the West fertilizer plant explosion (15 people killed, 150 or so injured, a good part of the town destroyed) Perry was on the air inviting companies to move to Texas because of their lack of regulations.
The "Texas Miracle" that Perry talks about seems to me to comprise the creation of lots of minimum wage jobs, with no insurance. A spiral to the bottom.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:26am
Dunmore: That is distressing to hear. Rick Perry is dumber than G W Bush, that would be tough to do, that is be dumber than Little Bush. I do remember the plant explosion, but didn't see Perry inviting companies to move to Texas, because of their lack of regulations; but that would explain why they're having job growth while the other parts of the nation [mostly Blue states] aren't. In other words it could be implied by what you wrote that Rick Perry's administration is trying to make Texas into a "third world state" or the United States version of Mexico or China. Hmmm, that's not what I had in mind.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:15pm
Everything dunmore says about the fertilizer plant explosion and and the "Texas miracle" is true. From this distance, I can't vouch for the governor's intelligence -- or lack thereof.
You never know if a politician knows better; is just pandering; and/or has a moral/philosophical mindset which rationalizes the downsides.
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:29pm
Thanks Allan for adding more clarity to the issue. Kind of tarnishes what I thought might be Rick Perry as our next President, though. Definitely don't want businesses having less regulation so they could pollute at will, treat employees badly, pay them slave wages, no benefits, no safety in the workplace, etc, etc. Better to know all that BEFORE the election than after. So GOP, you need to find someone else as it appears the "Texas Miracle" is simply making Texas a Third World Place where business can have its way. It's one thing to give a tax break to get a company to locate in your state, its something else entirely to say, we'll let you do whatever you like, because we have no rules or regulations.
Thanks Dunmore for bringing that up.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 5:27pm
The people I know who have moved to Texas love it there and are making much more than they were in DE, NJ, MD or PA...and paying far less money for much more house/land.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 9:56pm
MFD: I not only admit that I get my news from Rush, I'm PROUD of it.
As far as the "prosperity gospel" is concerned, I would say that all mainline denominations consider the bible to be the "book of no". Well, that's fine. If you want to serve a Christ still hanging on the cross rather than a risen savior, then you do whatever floats your boat. I say shame on your church leaders for spreading lies about Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, and others, who are God's generals of the church. Instead of criticizing them and their teachings, they should be submitting to their authority.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:02pm
Shawn: I'm sure thankful Jesus didn't "reach across the aisle" to the pharisees and sell out the truth to the devil the way some so-called conservative politicians have sold out my country to the communist left.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:31pm
EarlGrey: You're tempting me. The main reason I'm reluctant to move to Texas is all the bugs they have crawling around there. Allan Loudell, on the other hand, would be in entomology paradise.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 11:00pm
MFD: Another point I'd like to make is that I prefer to get my news from people I consider trustworthy and share my world view. The left-wing drive-by media along with Obama and the Democrats cannot be trusted because they have a secular humanist, man is his own God worldview. Their goal is a world where everybody does "what is right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25).
Following link is to a song which I consider to be an analogy of indulging too much in information which "exalts itself against the knowledge of God":
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 9:03am
mrpizza: I'm sorry, did you just compare conservative politicians to Jesus?! Jesus didn't need to reach across the aisle... He's God incarnate, so he kinda knows the truth and answers. Politicians are generally ill-informed and far from God incarnate. But you seem to think everything a far-right conservative politician says is gospel! Frightening.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 11:40am
"Politicians are generally ill-informed and far from God incarnate."~Shawn
Amen to that!
Mike from Delaware
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 1:14pm
Shawn: Well Said.
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