Though it’s pretty safe to say that the violence plaguing Mexico hasn’t spilled over the border quite yet, Texans are preparing themselves as if the second coming of Santa Anna is nigh.
In response to concerns recently raised at a Fort Hancock town meeting Arvin West, the sheriff of Hudspeth County, advised the local citizens to get a gun. He then followed up with a quintessentially Texan observation:
You farmers, I’m telling you right now, arm yourselves… As they say the old story is, it’s better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.
Echos of Judge Roy Bean (“The Law West of the Pecos”).
‘Senator Helmet Hair’, the former cheerleader and news anchor—a senator whose career has been so undistinguished, she has not managed to produce a single major bill in 17 years—Big Oil’s fluffer, whose campaigns float along on a sea of industry money, and a politician who famously stated back in 1993, when term limits were fashionable, that she would serve no more than 12 years in the Senate…now repeats herself.
After an embarrassing loss to Rick Perry in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Hutchison has announced that, rather than retire from the Senate as she had promised, she’ll stay on till 2012. Gee like we couldn’t have seen that coming a mile away.
In a move that will be remembered for its stunning level of cynical political calculation, the Obama administration has stated that it will restart oil exploration and drilling in the eastern Gulf, in the mid-Atlantic, and off of Alaska. For those of you who may have forgotten, Bu$hCo did exactly the same thing on the cusp of the 2004 election except back then it was California and the Pacific Northwest that were going to be “re-opened” to oil exploration, ending almost 30 years of California having the final say over drilling off its coasts.
Now, setting aside issues of whether or not the US needs more oil, and focusing solely on the politics of this policy move, consider the states most affected by Bush III’s decision: Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. All are states that Obama can probably afford to lose in the next election. In fact, with the exception of Florida, there’s little chance he’d carry any of them. So why not tell the citizens of these states to “go f*ck themselves”. It’s not like you’ll lose any electors over it, right?
Way to go “Third”! Yes we can…screw the Red States, further f*ck up the environment, retard America’s movement toward a more energy-efficient, more sustainable society, and scratch the Big Oil’s back…all at the same time!
This is a telling little graphic. It shows the relative levels of industrial mercury emissions in the United States. Notice how the scale stops at 6,000 Lbs/year…with one exception: The Lone Star State—a state that needs a category all its own to cover the mind boggling 11,722 Lbs of mercury it dumps into the environment; an amount almost double that of the next highest polluter; per-capita, 178 times more mercury than California manages to produce.
One wonders if Texas’ prick of a Governor, Rick Perry, is proud of this little statistic. On more than one occasion, he has trumpeted Texas’ disregard for existing, and opposition to new, federal pollution control regulations.
So don’t mess with Texas, or state officials will come to your home and dump your share of toxic mercury right on your front lawn.