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Middle-aged white guy who believes in justice and equality for all. Math and computer analyst with additional 21st century jack-of-all-trades skills. I'm a stud, not a dud!

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How Congress Offers the Worst Job in America

Imagine, in a moment of suspended belief, that your job pays 174 grand a year. And comes with a $1.3 million expense account. And a staff of eighteen Ivy League yes-men whose sole duty is to bray loud and wide about the miracle that is you -- when they're not babysitting your kids or fetching your dry cleaning, that is.

You get free travel to anywhere on the globe. A private dining room and a private gym replete with swimming pool, sauna and steam bath.

Best of all, you're only required to show up for the equivalent of four months per year.

Former congressman Tom Tancredo had this life for a decade. By the time it was over, he'd caught that affliction known to anyone who hates his job: a fear of Monday mornings. "As I drove to work, I'd get a knot in my stomach, and it would just start to grow," Tancredo says.

Here's why: [font color=green]the summarized list...[/font]

8. Think of your day as a Bataan Death March of meetings.
7. You will attend many parties. They will blow.
6. Wasn't I supposed to get 252 days off this year?
5. You will beg treasure from complete strangers.
4. You probably suck at parenting.
3. You're only one slip away from national ridicule.
2. You will be seventeen again -- and not in a good way.
1. The least among you will get the most attention.

The complete article with the explanations accompanying the list are at http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/05/eight_reasons_why_congress_offers_the_worst_job_in_america.php?page=all .

Dan Patrick Gets Votes of Only 3.4% of Texans, Calls it a "Mandate"

It was awkward enough when George W. Bush said he had a mandate in 2004 with 51 percent of the vote. But it is even more awkward that Dan Patrick, for whom 3.4 percent of registered Texas voters actually voted, claimed a mandate on Tuesday night.

"It's a new day in Texas," Patrick told supporters in Houston. "The people have given us a mandate." He added that the win was not his, but God's: "In the end the victory was his and tonight I give all the glory to God for this victory."

-snip-

If anything, Patrick's victory only means that he has a mandate among the minority of far-right Republican primary voters. Patrick has credited his win to Republican voters' desire for a "bold conservative message," which is indeed what they got. But the fewer than 500,000 people who asked for that message do not represent the state.

Prominent Republicans and Independents had already begun coming out in support of Van de Putte even before the primary was over. "I am not going to compare and contrast candidates but she brings qualities that are appealing to all sides and genders and races," Marcie Zlotnik, who started two retail electricity providers and describes herself as an independent who leans Republican, told the Washington Post. "She has Republican support and nobody is afraid to say it either."

More at http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/15276/dan-patrick-gets-votes-of-only-34-of-texans-calls-it-a-mandate .

[font color=green]Quick, somebody call the Collin Street Bakery--one of their fruitcakes escaped![/font]

Texas: Can't tie water contamination to drilling

Source: AP

HOUSTON — The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released Wednesday.

The state Railroad Commission has found that the contamination has gotten worse in most of the private water wells it tested in September 2013 compared with what was measured in 2010 and in 2011. However, Peter Pope, the agency geologist who signed off on the report, wrote that staff "has determined that the evidence is insufficient to conclude that Barnett Shale production activities have caused or contributed to methane contamination beneath the neighborhood."

The agency will not investigate further, Pope added in the report dated Friday. He suggested that infuriated residents of the subdivision in Weatherford, a suburb about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, "properly ventilate and aerate their water systems."

Methane is not toxic, but can be explosive under certain conditions.

Read more: http://www.caller.com/news/2014/may/28/texas-cant-tie-water-contamination-drilling/



The link is to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.

Texas: Can't tie water contamination to drilling

HOUSTON — The amount of explosive gas tainting a North Texas neighborhood's water supply has increased in recent years, but the state's oil and gas regulator says it can't link the methane to drilling activity nearby, according to a report it released Wednesday.

The state Railroad Commission has found that the contamination has gotten worse in most of the private water wells it tested in September 2013 compared with what was measured in 2010 and in 2011. However, Peter Pope, the agency geologist who signed off on the report, wrote that staff "has determined that the evidence is insufficient to conclude that Barnett Shale production activities have caused or contributed to methane contamination beneath the neighborhood."

The agency will not investigate further, Pope added in the report dated Friday. He suggested that infuriated residents of the subdivision in Weatherford, a suburb about 30 miles west of Fort Worth, "properly ventilate and aerate their water systems."

Methane is not toxic, but can be explosive under certain conditions.

More at http://www.caller.com/news/2014/may/28/texas-cant-tie-water-contamination-drilling/ .

[font color=green]It's no surprise that someone who works in a Republican-dominated agency decides to ignore science even when their is plenty of evidence.[/font]

Cross-posted in LBN.

Former UT All-American, Heisman winner Saxton dies at 74

James Saxton, the former Texas running back who coach Darrell Royal once called the “quickest player in America,” died early Wednesday after battling dementia. He was 74.

Saxton, a 1961 Heisman Trophy finalist and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame who enjoyed a successful banking career, has long been passed in the Texas record books for rushing yardage. But his speed and quickness are still evident in one key statistic: Saxton still holds the school record with 7.9 yards per rushing attempt his senior year.

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/sports/college-football/former-ut-all-american-saxton-dies-at-74/nf8q7/ (subscription required).

State Bar to hold hearing on complaint against former Robertson County DA John Paschall

CALVERT -- A complaint filed against former Robertson County District Attorney John Paschall with the State Bar of Texas will be brought before an evidentiary panel to determine if the now-private lawyer is guilty of professional misconduct.

The original grievance against Paschall was submitted in December 2013 by Ty Clevenger, an attorney representing the plaintiff in a civil suit against Paschall that's still in discovery stages three years after being filed.

In the grievance, Clevenger claims Paschall stole from Mariam Oscar, a deceased Calvert woman, while acting as executor of her estate.

"More than $100,000 is unaccounted for, and I suspect Mr. Paschall has stolen more than $500,000 since he assumed control over Ms. Oscar's affairs," Clevenger wrote in the grievance.

More at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/state-bar-to-hold-hearing-on-complaint-against-former-robertson/article_f375f5cc-d266-53e8-bcd9-1ad4e86dc57a.html .

Related story at http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/suit-over-calvert-woman-s-estate-going-forward/article_cf1aa621-6720-546f-80a1-2dcef3f5acc7.html .

GOP Voters Managed To Nominate Just One Woman For 50 Races In Texas

Texas Republicans will have just one woman on their ticket for the 50 congressional, statewide and top judicial races this fall.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), who is running for a 10th term, is the sole woman left standing after GOP voters finished the final round of elections for its nominees Tuesday.

"I would tell you I've had discussions with elected officials and party leaders about this very issue," Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri told the paper. "Frankly, it is a concern."

Conservative candidate Lisa Fritsch, who unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination for governor, also lamented during her campaign that the GOP had become "the party of all these men and the same old recycled candidates."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/texas-gop-women_n_5405995.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013

[font color=red]"Dang them women with them radical ideas!"[/font]

BOOM! Houston, You did it!

By a vote of 11-6, the City Council approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, bringing equality to the largest city in Texas. Houston joins San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso, all of which have similar ordinances.

Why Mexico is the new Germany, in 1 map

One hundred years ago, almost one in every five immigrants in the United States hailed from Germany — by far the largest of any immigrant group. Today, roughly three in every 10 immigrants hail from Mexico. This is not your grandparents' United States.

That reality is driven home by this amazing GIF, built by Jens Manuel Krogstad and Michael Keegan of the Pew Research Center, that shows the states in which Germany and Mexico provided the majority of immigrants from 1850 to 2010.



As the duo write: "Today, five times as many immigrants in the U.S. are from Mexico than China, the country with the second-highest number of immigrants (5% of all immigrants in the U.S., or 2.2 million). Mexico is the birthplace of 29% (or 11.7 million) of all immigrants in the United States. Immigrants born in Mexico account for more than half of all of the foreign born in four states: New Mexico (72.4%), Arizona (60.2%), Texas (59.7%) and Idaho (53.5%)."

GIFS not your thing? Krogstad and Keegan built maps of the largest immigrant communities in each state in 1910 and 2010.



More at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/28/why-mexico-is-the-new-germany-in-1-map/?tid=pm_politics_pop .

LeVar Burton makes a 'Reading Rainbow' plea

Source: AP

LOS ANGELES — LeVar Burton's fundraising effort to bring "Reading Rainbow" to the online masses is a by-the-book success.

The goal of raising $1 million by July 2 was reached within hours of the campaign's launch Wednesday on Kickstarter, according to the website. More than 23,000 donors had pledged $1.1 million and counting.

Burton was the host of "Reading Rainbow," the children's literacy program that aired on public TV through 2009.

"It was my mother who taught me that, by picking up a book, I could 'go anywhere' and 'be anything,' " Burton said in a posting on Kickstarter.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2014-05-28/levar-burton-makes-reading-rainbow-plea#.U4aaGChCxfs
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