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The winner of the 2013 Texas State Efficiency Expert Competition

is this gentleman.


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Russia’s political leadership

They have everything under control.

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When crazy Ted Nugent is the answer…

…it must be a very strange question.


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Colorado. Soon to feature plagues of locusts.

First, the big fire came.

Then, the firefighters arrived to fight it.

Then, the firefighters were grounded when the meteor hit.

Pat Robertson to blame it on “the gays” in 3…2…1

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Meanwhile, in legal briefs…

This happened.

(thanks to Jonathan)

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Think your family is cursed with an odd last name?

Think again.

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Bexar County blues

I have hesitated to write about this, because it’s just too nasty. It’s the San Antonio organization, so you know activists are all-too-happy to fight rough, and draw blood. Insults have been lobbed, law enforcement has been called in, and it would be difficult to imagine what could make the situation more tense.

But finally, at long last, there is a resolution.

What — you thought I was talking about Bexar County Democratic Chairman Dan Ramos’ trials and tribulations? Hell no, he’s a dumbass unworthy of discussion on these pages.

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Clearly, SXSW is going to the dogs

I am completely excited, and somewhat terrified, to have been included as an IgniteSXSW speaker tomorrow night at the Austin Music Hall. This, despite the fact that I’ve never attended SXSW, nor have I ever attended an Ignite event. That the event is headlined by titans Bob Metcalfe and Guy Kawasaki doesn’t intimidate me any less, let’s just say.

Here’s the blurb on their website about my big 5 minutes of fame flame:

Political Communication in 2021

Harold Cook

The future of successful political communications in the coming decade is even more uncertain than political communications methods have been over the past decade. Political advisor, analyst, and satirist Harold Cook will explore the range of possibilities for the future, in this very unique pursuit for votes – in which more than half the candidates fall short, almost half the voters are bitterly disappointed, and almost everyone involved takes themselves way too seriously.

Somebody mentioned earlier this week that now that I’m on the SXSW program this year, I’d have to stop ragging on SXSW. She’s about to find out how utterly wrong she is, when a SXSW piece will auto-post in this space tomorrow night while I’m speaking.

Here’s what an Ignite event is all about.

Here’s the line-up of speakers.

Here’s where to register to attend, even if you don’t have SXSW credentials. And yes, the bar in the Music Hall will be open. That’s where you’ll find me immediately before and after my part of the program.

Spoiler alert: this might come up during my remarks. Just sayin’.

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Congressman Chris Lee’s Craigslist woman speaks

Remember Republican Congressman Chris Lee, who resigned about 12 seconds after his scandal started? The married Congressman had been trolling for women on Craigslist, and a woman who realized who he was, and that he was a liar, sent photos he emailed her to

Turns out the woman has a blog, and after her anonymity was lost, has now written about the incident herself. Interesting stuff. (contains some language NSFW, unless you work somewhere cool)

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Now that the holidays are over

I regret that Letters From Texas didn’t offer gift suggestions. Especially this gift suggestion. Perfect for the upcoming legislative session.

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News quote of the day so far

No, I didn’t make this up: what did the blind man say, upon joyously being reunited with his service dog?

I was very afraid that I’d never see him again.”

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Thinking of firing an employee during the holidays?

Perhaps you should think again.

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I would like to wish my Jewish friends…

…a very happy Hanukkah Chanukah Khanukah Ckanukka Hanukah holiday.

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Dedicated government employees – gotta love ’em


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Letters From Texas crime update

Women, please keep a sharp eye out. I personally know a woman who has been victimized by this guy already She is scheduled to be victimized by him again next week, and if that goes well, may be victimized further on a weekender to the Catskills later this month.

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