Still Crazy in Texas

Texas is rapidly becoming famous around the country and the world for things other than oil wells, cowboys and Mission Control in Houston.  Our politics here has always been essentially conservative in nature, even when we were still unafraid to vote Democratic.  But over the last few years Texas politics has gone so far right of the political center that it has reached the edge of the abyss.   An imagery well suited for the flat earth characters who are now the face of the GOP in this state.

 

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Most Texas politicians today are easily recognizable by their attire and public postures

 

In keeping with earlier posts of mine entitled “Crazy in Texas” and “Stupid in Texas”, along with one on crazy Louie Gohmert and a fourth on crazy Ted Cruz, I would like to present further evidence that the Lone Star State is rapidly becoming the rabbit hole where common sense and critical thinking are disappearing into.

 

Case #1

Rep. Dan Flynn (R) doesn’t think there is enough flagrant use of guns in this state so he is presenting HB 868 in the state legislature that would expand the existing law where teachers can have guns in the classroom, allowing them to fire off rounds at perceived threats from anyone, INCLUDING STUDENTS, without having the force of the law to weigh in on them should they over react and kill an innocent individual, much like many police departments today have.

H.B. 868, also known as the Teacher’s Protection Act, would authorize instructors to use “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.” Instructors would also have the right to use deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.” Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student.   SOURCE

So parents, make sure your child has taken all of their ADD medication before attending class and for low-income families who can’t provide a nourishing breakfast every morning for their children or the school doesn’t have a breakfast program in place for such families, keep your kids home that day so their irritable behavior from hunger pains are not viewed as threatening by a teacher who has an itchy trigger finger.

Mr. Flynn like most right-wing gun lovers in this state seem to be oblivious that “suicide is the third leading cause of death, behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 15 to 24” and the fourth leading cause for children 10-14.  This sad statistic is the result of kids who live in an unstable family or who have low self-esteem feelings.  Many use a gun for the purpose of removing themselves from such unfortunate conditions but now those families who don’t have one can find succor in the fact that their teacher, when riled sufficiently, will do the deed for such teens.  Why not?  We have death by cop so now we have opportunity not available before the gun nuts took control for a death by teacher.

CASE # 2

For those of us who attended public education here in Texas we are forever reminded how Texas was a Republic before it became a part of the union.   A decision some today curse Sam Houston for back in 1845.  And as nutty as this episode is, that’s not the subject of the next few paragraphs.

“Remember the Alamo!” Texas loyalists cried in their fight back in 1836 to separate themselves from the Mexican government.  Well that seems to be something of a sentiment that state senator Donna Campbell(R) wants to resurrect once again.  Senator Campbell has recently presented bill SB 191 to the state legislature called the “Protect the Alamo Act” (clever, no?)

It seems Ms. Campbell wants to prevent anyone from confiscating “one of the most recognizable landmarks on the planet”.  Where did this paranoia come from?   Why actions by the United Nations of course.  That multi-cultural institution that threatens everyone’s personal liberty by virtue of its preamble that talks of peace and tolerance and all the other “lefty” stuff that socialists favor.

Last summer the Alamo … became a World Heritage Site through the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (yeah, we’re talking UNESCO.)

The process, which encompassed all of San Antonio’s ancient missions and took six years to complete, was overseen by Jerry Patterson, then-Texas General Land Commissioner. The deal is supposed to bring in more money (more than $100 million) and more jobs (more than 1,000) by 2025, according to a report from the Harbinger Consulting Group. Otherwise, the official word goes that nothing is supposed to change.    SOURCE

But apparently Patterson, named “Texan of the Year” in 2007 by Celebrate Texas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of Texas history, is seen as a RINO (Republican in name only) by senator Campbell and suspects that this UN recognition of the Alamo is merely a ploy to allow foreigners to rob us of a state heritage symbol.

Never mind that the original Alamo was pretty much decimated over the next few decades following its famous battle in 1836, leaving in it such pitiful condition that one visitor, Harrier P. Spofford wrote that the chapel was “a reproach to all San Antonio. Its wall is overthrown and removed, its dormitories are piled with military stores, its battle-scarred front has been revamped and repainted and market carts roll to and fro on the spot where flames ascended … over the funeral pyre of heroes” 

In other words, the “real” Alamo has been gone for some time now Ms. Campbell.  Only the replica remains.

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With people like Dan Flynn and Donna Campbell representing Texans it’s no wonder Texas in a race to the bottom.  Both Flynn and Campbell are likely products of a public school system in Texas that seem to excel dumbing down students by promoting creationism and allowing Texas high school students to opt out of World History and World Geography classes along with higher-level math and science courses.  Lord knows we don’t want our children resembling anything like those communist Chinese and socialist Europeans.  A cheap labor market demands that ignorance take priority over knowledge

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14 responses to “Still Crazy in Texas

  1. Yeah, but you can’t compete with us here in Illinois with regard to political corruption. Getting elected Governor comes with an automatic jail sentence now.

    • True. When all the top dogs are as equally corrupt, as they are here in Texas, the likelihood that anyone will actually serve jail time is more wishful thinking than anything else.

  2. students to opt out of World History and World Geography classes along with higher-level math and science courses.

    Opt out? WTF?? Was this piece of legislation titled “The Chose Ignorance Bill”?

    • That’s the right-wing leaning Texas state school board we have here John. Texas, by their perception, is the center of the universe anyway so why waste time with subjects outside the state when they can get credit for fast food management courses

  3. we’re all bearing our crosses across the land aren’t we Larry? Some a little more than others I admit..

    • “we’re all bearing our crosses across the land aren’t we Larry?”

      It’s more like walking in 6 inches of shit, constantly trying to find some relief. 😦

  4. Hey, even Canadians are rapidly getting stupider! It’s all that fucking American TV we watch.

    You know, I actually remember a day when most stupid people at least had the good sense to realize they weren’t the smartest people in the room. They generally kept quiet, listened and tried to learn something. Today, the stupidest person in the room usually thinks he’s the smartest one there and he’s always the loudest.

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