Lone Star Project get down to the bottom of it in this powerful new video.
Update: the reporter/strip club entertainer in question has broken her silence on twitter, with this hysterically funny tweet:
The Texas Democratic Party has really screwed the pooch this time.
As most Democratic candidates, officeholders, and activists in Texas already know, Chairman Boyd Richie is planning to step down at the end of his term at this Summer’s state convention. Serving as Chairman (of either political party, no doubt) is a tough job, and in my opinion Chairman Richie has worked hard and played the cards he was dealt masterfully.
Except, not so fast, bucko.
Dumb: Just when Boyd and his lovely wife Betty were this close to a clean get-away, they foolishly agreed to appear at a big event roasting both of them, on April 28th in Austin, benefitting the Democratic Party.
Dumber: I’ll be the Master of Ceremonies.
Dumbest: The Democratic Party agreed that I can say anything…yes anything…I want.
Now generally, I have a rule here on the blog – if Comedy Central won’t air it (without bleeps), I won’t write it. I shamelessly have no such rule for live events. I’m kind of Bob Saget-ish that way.
So yeah, you might want to leave the kids at home, this event, or at least my participation in it, is going to be solidly R-rated. Of course, you know damn well your kids say that kind of stuff every time you’re out of hearing range, but you like to irrationally pretend they’re delicate flowers. But I digress.
This dinner is going to be a lot of fun, so I really hope you’ll consider attending. I intend to ridicule everybody on the stage – except perhaps Betty Richie, because she’s nice, smart, and honestly, she’s pretty hot and I don’t want to ruin my chances with her. But everybody else is way fair game.
Please don’t miss it!
No, the above headline isn’t a flashback from a couple of years ago. Yesterday, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison ripped Rick Perry a new one for messing up the Women’s Health Care Program in Texas.
So of course this came up in this week’s episode of YNN’s Capital Tonight. Here was my reaction:
You can watch the entire episode of Capital Tonight in its entirety this Sunday morning at 11 am on YNN Austin, elsewhere in Texas on the Texas Network, channel 888 on Time-Warner systems. Or you can watch the episode on the web any time.
Clearly the City of Austin needs to ban texting while walking.
Last night’s going-away celebration for the irrepressible Dave “Davey Joe” Montgomery, the last (damn good) man standing in the once-proud Austin bureau of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was both fun and bittersweet. The room was decorated with photos of reporters past and present, and lined with old front pages of the newspaper with legendary bylines such as Molly Ivins, Jake Dyer, Jay Root, John Moritz, Karen Brooks, and many others. But of course since Jay Root was kind enough to put together the event, most of the front pages in the room had Jay Root bylines. Funny how that works.
Here’s how universally-respected and well-liked the former Startlegram writers and editors are in this town – it brought together these two unlikely people.
|Harold, Perry Presidential Campaign Spokesman Mark Miner|
With Dave’s departure, the Startlegram bureau is no more – another victim of buyouts, layoffs, and cutbacks. Anybody think that’ll improve news coverage of the goings-on of the folks you elect? I didn’t think so.
Caption contest in the comments section! You gotta be nice. (at least to Miner)
On the latest episode of Capital Tonight on Austin’s YNN and Time-Warner’s Texas Network, Republican Ted Delisi and I were asked about the demise of the Women’s Health Program in Texas. It will shock you to know that we are not in agreement.
And unfortunately, that 10th Amendment stuff is not at all where I intended to go with that argument (gotta love live TV). What I should have said – and what is accurate – is that the State of Texas’ action prevents women from choosing their own doctors and health care providers Therein lies the fatal violation to the federal rules and regs, and why the feds have absolutely no choice but to discontinue the program.
You can watch the entirety of this discussion, as well as the entire episode of Capital Tonight, this Sunday at 11 am on YNN Austin, Time-Warner’s Texas Network in other Texas media markets, or right this minute online.
Texas State Representative Sid Miller (R-eject), the author of the invasive sonogram law in Texas, got a quick lesson in social media today, when on Facebook he posted the Doonesbury cartoon featuring state legislator “Sid Patrick.” The cartoon lampoons the sonogram legislation Miller and state senator Dan Patrick passed.
|Sid “JR Ewing” Miller|
Yes, it was really spelled “arthur.”
It wasn’t long before angry people began posting on Miller’s Facebook photo. So Miller hid the photo from his wall, not realizing that those who knew the web address at which the photo was located would be able to continue posting. Miller ultimately deleted the photo, and thus the comments.
Except that we grabbed ’em first.
Here are the best of them:
Update: at the moment, the good Representative still doesn’t have his Facebook page locked down, and despite him deleting the photo, people continue to share their feelings regarding his sonogram bill there.
Another Update: apparently the good Representative has finally awakened his staff, who are removing non-supportive comments now. But they do seem to stay put for a little while at least.
Especially if you’re a Saturday Night Live writer. They, of course, would be near the front of the line to want Rick Perry to rejoin the race for President.
Leslie, the life of the party in Austin, has reportedly died.
The life of Leslie Cochran, to paraphrase an old saying seemingly written for him, was not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather one which skidded in sideways with throttle full-out, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming, “whoo-hoo, what a ride!!”
Congratulations, Leslie, on the start of your next great adventure. You will be missed here in Austin.
Here’s the tribute to him I wrote a couple of years ago.
I won’t belabor the take-aways from yesterday’s Super Tuesday results, except to echo the basics, all of which have been prognosticated about incessantly just about everywhere:
— yesterday was supposed to be about Ohio, and it was.
— Romney won Ohio
— Romney won butt-ugly, and will continue to do so in coming weeks, until either Gingrich (presumably) or Santorum (doubtfully) exits the race
— the upcoming primary schedule isn’t particularly kind to Romney, so this rough-and-tumble primary process is likely to continue, and likely to continue to badly hurt Republicans’ odds of faring very well this November
— in case you have any remaining doubt as to how bad this situation has become for Republicans, guess who’s talking about perhaps becoming the solution to this problem? Come on, just guess.
…where dreams really do come true.
During Thursday’s episode of “Capital Tonight” on YNN Austin, anchor Paul Brown asked me about Texas Governor Rick Perry’s spin on the Women’s Health Care Program.
My short answer: are you kidding me??! (no, I didn’t cuss. But I could see it coming, and silently repeated “I will not cuss I will not cuss I will not cuss I will not…”)
Here’s my longer answer.
You can watch the entire show, which also featured much discussion on redistricting, this Sunday at 11 am on YNN in Austin, or watch it any time on the web.
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