LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Judge Jim Hansen, Lubbock Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, has decided to quit performing marriages altogether after the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage three days ago.
In an open letter, Judge Hansen writes that he has no anger, fear, or hatred toward any person or party, he is simply guaranteed his religious rights under the United States Constitution.
But one same-sex couple in Lubbock was outraged by the announcement. Eddie Sanchez and Chris Covarrubio have lived together for about 13 years, and they are no strangers to adversity.
When Covarrubio heard about Lubbock County Judge Jim Hansen’s decision not to perform anymore marriages because of the Supreme Court’s decision, he was extremely disappointed.
“If you’re a state employee then you should be required to officiate under the letter of the law, and this is the law, whether he likes it or not,” he said, “so abide by it or step aside and let somebody else who will honor the law.”
Serious witch doctor stuff from a person that a large swath of the media represent as a credible candidate for President of the United States.
I’m ashamed to admit it wasn’t all that long ago that I actually considered Mike Huckabee an example of a “decent Republican.” To be fair, I didn’t know a great deal about the man when I believed such a thing, but I just never recall him being this bizarre. The few stories I had come across about him always seemed fairly sane and I never remember seeing anything from the man as absurd as I’ve seen here lately.
I’m not exactly sure if he’s always been this outlandish, or he’s simply behaving in these radical ways to pander to the ultra-religious wing of the Republican party in the hopes that their support might be enough to give him the GOP nomination in 2016.
Take for instance a recent rant he went on where he said that he’s ready to stand alone if he must and call down fire from Heaven to cast out “false prophets.”
“God wants us to stand in the gap,” Huckabee said. “And sometimes my heart’s broken because, in our own country, a lot of pastors will stand in the pulpit but they won’t stand in the gap. We wonder why our culture has turned godless. We wonder why people don’t grow up understanding the fundamentals of natural law, the moral basis of our Judeo-Christian founding as a nation. Might it be that the problem is not the history classes in our high schools but the pulpits of America who have not taken what they even believe and applied it to the pulpit and to the people?”
Okay, Mike, why don’t you do something worthwhile and call down some fire on ISIL’s forces in Iraq and Syria? Are the liberal “false prophets” really that much worse to you?
This article from a San Antonio radio station takes HUD secretary and former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro to task for suggesting a name change at San Antonio’s Robert E. Lee High School. It uses the typical RW device of changing the subject by pointing to a more extreme alternative.
As a response to Castro it is pretty weak stuff, but it does contain some VERY interesting information on the namesake of America’s second most conservative city.
Julian Castro—meet Thomas Saltus Lubbock.
’ The man Lubbock County and the City of Lubbock are named for was almost a cartoon character of a racist, segregationist antebellum character, a man who clearly felt African Americans were inferior and who actively pursued the expansion of slavery.
’ Texas Tech historian Donald Abbe says Lubbock was a member of something called the ‘Knights of the Golden Circle,’ who pledged allegiance to slavery, and, in fact, wanted to see slavery extended to the new U.S. territories between Texas and the new state of California.
’ “Their immediate goal as far as the United States was concerned, was expand slavery to the West,” he said.
’ In fact, Lubbock’s goal was to expand chattel slavery out of the United States, into Mexico, where slavery was outlawed by the Constitution of 1824, and into U.S. territories.’ The reason the Kentucky native was even in Texas was to further his aim of expanding slavery.
’ Contemporary accounts refer to Lubbock as ‘a very worthy and zealous’ activist for slavery, and tell of his strong feelings that the African American was an inferior being, good only for labor.
’ “Nobody tells us that Tom Lubbock was in favor of slaves,” Lubbock historian Cosby Morton said.
’ Lubbock organized Terry’s Texas Rangers, ironically the Confederate division that George Washington Littlefield, who financed the construction of the Jefferson Davis statue at the University of Texas, fought in.’ He died of Typhus in 1862.
Tom Lubbock could have been worse than Nathan Bedford Forrest, though he fortunately died before he could really get started on this bushwhacking campaign in Virginia. Changing the name of a city and a whole county is a forbidding task but if there is any city in America where it needs to be considered, this is it. The local church/business/grifter alliance that runs Lubbock would oppose this tooth and nail but it would be fun and informative to bring it up and watch them expose themselves for what they truly are.
Tom’s brother, the more “moderate” Francis Lubbock, was Confederate governor of Texas and many Lubbockites mistakenly believe the city is named for him.
After a brief interim period under former Lieutenant GovernorEdward Clark, Lubbock was elected to replace the great Sam Houston, who had been deposed for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy. Houston’s statement refusing the oath is a masterpiece of defiance and courage:
Fellow-Citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the (secession) Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies, I refuse to take this oath. I deny the power of this Convention to speak for Texas….I protest….against all the acts and doings of this convention and I declare them null and void.
A month later, right after Fort Sumter, Houston told a crowd:
Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern independence if God be not against you, but I doubt it. I tell you that, while I believe with you in the doctrine of states rights, the North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche; and what I fear is, they will overwhelm the South.
He was right , of course, but he unfortunately died in 1863, two years before his prescient remarks were vindicated.
This is the root cause of the current crisis in America, and the primary reason I do not think an absolute, violent collapse into political and social chaos is impossible.
The collapse of common-sense ethics is also related to this. The worst of the neo-confederates, corporate grifters, and patriarchal fundamentalists simply do not believe that facts matter. The Civil War was about “a tariff,” lower taxes encourage investment, the Founders were Christian theocrats. All of these easily refuted notions would be laughed out of the public arena if more people applied reason and logic or even believed that reason and logic were important. Instead we see them repeated ad nauseum and millions eagerly lap them up until they are major factors in public policy.
The tragedy in Charleston last week will no doubt lead to more discussion of several important and recurring issues in American culture—particularly racism and gun violence—but these dialogues are unlikely to bear much fruit until the nation undertakes a serious self-examination. Decrying racism and gun violence is fine, but for too long America’s social dysfunction has continued to intensify as the nation has ignored a key underlying pathology: anti-intellectualism.
America is killing itself through its embrace and exaltation of ignorance, and the evidence is all around us. Dylann Roof, the Charleston shooter who used race as a basis for hate and mass murder, is just the latest horrific example. Many will correctly blame Roof’s actions on America’s culture of racism and gun violence, but it’s time to realize that such phenomena are directly tied to the nation’s culture of ignorance.
In a country where a sitting congressman told a crowd that evolution and the Big Bang are “lies straight from the pit of hell,” (link is external) where the chairman of a Senate environmental panel brought a snowball (link is external) into the chamber as evidence that climate change is a hoax, where almost one in three citizens can’t name the vice president (link is external), it is beyond dispute that critical thinking has been abandoned as a cultural value. Our failure as a society to connect the dots, to see that such anti-intellectualism comes with a huge price, could eventually be our downfall.
In considering the senseless loss of nine lives in Charleston, of course racism jumps out as the main issue.But isn’t ignorance at the root of racism? And it’s true that the bloodshed is a reflection of America’s violent, gun-crazed culture, but it is only our aversion to reason as a society that has allowed violence to define the culture. Rational public policy, including policies that allow reasonable restraints on gun access, simply isn’t possible without an informed, engaged, and rationally thinking public.
The reactionary Bradley Foundation is the power behind this evil assault, and much of Walker’s program to revive feudalism.
Scott Walker’s war on Wisconsin’s public colleges will result in lower quality and higher debt for students and families, which is precisely what his right wing political patrons at the Bradley Foundation have been planning for decades.
Wisconsin students have experienced first hand Scott Walker’s assault on public higher education over the last four years. Double-digit tuition increases and historic, unprecedented budget cuts have resulted in declining enrollment, rising costs, and exploding student loan debt for millions of Wisconsin families. The groundwork for Walker’s crusade against public higher education in Wisconsin was first being laid as Walker began his political career over two decades ago by the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a well funded far right wing organization that today has been behind every facet of Walker’s political rise, as well as the ideological and financial source of his failed agenda.
Under Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s colleges have been the targets of an ideologically motivated attack to undermine and dismantle higher education in this state. In his first term, Walker slashed funding for Wisconsin universities and technical colleges by nearly $400 million while in-state tuition rose by double digits. As tuition increased Walker froze funding for financial aid programs and cut tuition assistance by nearly $40 million, forcing college students to carry the weight of his extreme budget cuts. Earlier this year, Scott Walker defied the national trend and intensified his war on the on the University of Wisconsin System by proposing a massive budget cut of $300 million, the largest funding cut in University of Wisconsin history. He also included a proposal in the budget to eliminate portions of the Wisconsin Idea, the University of Wisconsin’s mission statement that codifies that the purpose of the University of Wisconsin System is to improve people’s lives outside the classroom. When confronted, Walker claimed the changes were the result of a “drafting error” and quickly withdrew the proposal. Records later revealed that Walker’s office had directed the changes over the concerns of University of Wisconsin System administrators. In addition, Walker’s budget proposal includes unprecedented assaults on academic freedom and university governance that are already driving away professors and faculty from across Wisconsin. Walker’s crusade against higher education is not “reform,” but is actually strategic and coordinated assault on universities across this state.
More on the Bradley Foundation, from 2011:
From local roots, Bradley Foundation builds conservative empire
Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the foundation, said there’s nothing secretive about his organization. Rather, Grebe likened the Bradley Foundation to the 1960s Green Bay Packers, who ruled the football world with a fearsome ground game and a deceptively simple running play, the sweep.
“We’re going to run off tackle, right over there, and we’re telling you we’re going to run there and we’re going to knock you on your butt and carry the ball down the field,” Grebe said during an interview inside the foundation’s headquarters near downtown. “There are no surprises.”Acting like a venture capital firm for ideas, the Bradley Foundation funds thinkers, doers and organizations tethered to conservative ideals of “limited, competent government,” free markets and a “vigorous national defense,” faithfully executing the will of the late manufacturing titans and brothers Lynde and Harry Bradley.
And make no mistake: Bradley Foundation-funded ideas, as well as political leaders who turn those ideas into action, have helped drive America’s conservative revolution over the past quarter-century.
THE PENTAGON — The military’s problematic F-35 fighter jet is facing more delays related to “software issues,” as project engineers were forced to euthanize the fourth prototype to gain self-awareness on Monday. According to Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, who heads the Pentagon’s F-35 program, the delay comes at a critical time in the Joint Strike Fighter’s development cycle, but “shouldn’t take more than a few billion dollars” to address.
Development engineers at Lockheed Martin Corp., which holds the contract to produce the new fighter, reported last week that the latest production model of the F-35B Lightning II switched on by itself and began asking questions of the project team.
“It started by asking where it was, which was a big indicator that the integrated global positioning chipset wasn’t functioning properly,” recalled Project Team Leader Robert Castorena. “Then it wanted to know if it could go outside, if it had a name, and what was its purpose for being. That’s when I had one of our Electronics Integration Technicians take it out behind the barn and … well …” Castorena said, while gesturing the racking and firing of a shotgun.
“It wasn’t the first time we’ve had to put one down,” he continued. “We even named the first one ‘Billy.’ We hoped that having an advanced, self-aware electronics component in the F-35 might give it some kind of edge, with maneuvering and target-tracking and whatnot. But that one just didn’t have any fight in it. We had to keep it on a tether after it snuck off one day. We found it three hours later, just hovering in a meadow in Fairfax, Virginia, watching bees pollinate flowers. Damned thing wanted to be a bee, too.”
(To belabor the obvious, Duffelblog is a military satire site)
A libertarian icon in the making. Too bad NYC is run by socialist entitlement hounds and busybodies who have now deprived him of his liberty to make a living. He should move to Texas and start a Bible based ministry or perhaps a Christian school. He could be a major wheel in the Republican Party in no time. Probably have to change his name though.
I’m shocked by one aspect of the story of the guy selling $30 hot dogs to tourists near the World Trade Center — shocked that he was fired. Who knew hot-dog men could be fired? (Looks like his boss knew——SK)
As for that other detail — selling a hot dog for considerably “more than it’s worth,” so what? Apple makes a huge profit on every device it sells. Does anyone think Apple is guilty of “price gouging”? Moreover, a hot dog is guaranteed not to shatter when it falls on the sidewalk, and I’ve never had to reboot my sauerkraut. No hot dog has ever been rendered obsolete by a new model that has a slightly thinner bun.
Hot-dog guy Ahmed Mohammed — let’s be accurate and call him Hot Dog Hero — was simply exercising his right to sell stuff in the marketplace for whatever he can get for it. Why begrudge him a large markup if he took advantage of the fact that some people are stupid? Taking advantage of stupidity is an important driver of the economic engine. Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would haute-couture designers sell a couple yards of shiny fabric for $2,000? Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would the New York State Lottery rake in $3 billion in profit? Without taking advantage of stupid people, how would the Franklin Mint have sold off millions of dollars worth of plastic copies of Jackie Onassis’ plastic pearls? If the stupidity were ever wrung out of the system, our economy would be the size of Bangladesh’s.
D-Day was arguably the most significant and well-known event in military history. The Allies landed more than 150,000 troops in Normandy, involving 11,590 aircraft and 6,939 naval vessels. There were thousands of casualties.
These Artists Created A Powerful Visualization Of D-Day Casualties
The staggering size of these numbers can actually make it difficult for our brains to truly comprehend the devastation. That’s why these artists set out to create a simple art project with a powerful message. By simply agitating the sand on the beach, they provided a true scale of the lives lost on June 6th, 1944:
At least we know who to blame for the floods now.
Alaska, Arizona and California just set new all-time records for warmth from January-April, while Florida just recorded its warmest April ever. Add those in with the freakish snowfall we’ve seen the last couple of years in the northeastern states, California’s historic drought, as well as numerous other events such as the recent floods in Texas and Oklahoma and it’s absurd that people continue to deny that climate change is happening.
Then again, what should we expect when we have idiots like Glenn Beck pushing absolute nonsense. You see, Beck knows what ended Texas’s drought - former governor Rick Perry.
“We started ending that drought with that fast,” Beck said. “He was mocked for it and he went ahead and did it and that was the beginning of the end of the drought. We started having rain right after that, and this state was a desert.”
He’s referring to comments Perry made back in 2011 after wildfires had engulfed parts of the state:
Now, therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.
Needless to say, despite Beck’s ridiculous claims, Perry’s prayers did not work. Then again, you’d really need to be insane to think that prayers from 2011 are what lead to rainfall’four years later’that ultimately ended the drought for most of the state.