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Friday, November 30, 2007

Looking Down the Road

Something Paul Burka said the other day about how John Cornyn might want to keep his head down for a while or he might get targeted by the DNC in the next election was so astonishing in its dead-eyed giggling idiocy that I have remained bothered ever since.

This is the David Broder of Texas politics?

So when Burnt Orange Report published this morning some thoughts along the lines of the following, I immediately wanted to second the emotion by passing this on:

Mr. Cornyn seems to think there is only one ideology in Texas. Yes, it is good for Texas if its Senators are on leadership teams within their parties. However, Senator Cornyn fails to remember that more exists besides "his side of the aisle."

It would be a good thing for Texas to have a Senator in the majority party. It would also be a good thing for Texas to have all of its main ideologies represented. Not to mention, I wouldn't have so much to complain about if one of those Senators was not disapproved more than approved within the state.

Today signifies a high time for Texas to have a Senator that is willing to work for all Texans, not just those on one "side of the aisle." Senator Cornyn, your time as a "leader" may be running out.

Even John Tower was strictly middle- of-the-road compared to standards now. Texans are not Kansans. There might be a lot of similarities about how they sleep with their guns, punish women for being women and remain wistful about burning gays in a bonfire, etc.; however, Texans have always sucked deeply from the government trough, and come November next time, there won't be much for two knuckle draggers from the party on the outs.

Curl up with your box turtle and suck on that you America-hating scum!

Oh, Senator McJesushumper, you poor thing. Those same suburbanites that were oiling your feet and volunteering in throngs to be the first to throw little Pedro down the well, are now the first to que in line for "debt relief" as born-again new dealers now that their McMansions are worthless shit piles.

Like the ZDD moto says, "We're not stupid, we're from Texas!"

Monday, November 26, 2007

Chupacabra report

News that Gets My Goat

One good thing about being down with airplane-itis is that I got down time to scan the news stories I missed while I was visiting foreign states. As usual, our governor, Rick Perry takes the cake.

The Chronicle reported Tuesday that the Teacher Retirement System and the Employees Retirement System of Texas have made no progress on Perry’s bold foreign policy initiative to divest their holdings of all things Iranian. Turns out that Perry has no authority to order such things.

“Those funds don’t belong to the state. They belong to the employees and the retirees, and they want to see the best results,” said Bill Ceverha, Chairman of the Employees Retirement System, and former bagman for Tom DeLay’s TRMPAC, which funneled millions in illegal contributions to Republican candidates in 2002 statehouse races.

This same bunch of cronies recently invested Teacher Retirement System funds in Republican “Daddy Warbucks” Dr. James Leininger’s Kinetic Concepts Company, the stock of which soon tanked, losing millions for the teacher fund.

Wednesday’s paper announced that the Governor found $3 million in federal funds to install web cameras on the Mexican border so that vigilante types could watch for illegals without having to change out of their pajamas. Makes me wonder, if Uncle Sam’s got money to burn, why not use it to hire real border patrol agents?

This may explain why Rudy Giuliani has been able to raise so much money in Texas. Folks may be hoping that Rudy will appoint Perry to an Ambassadorship, say maybe Carjackistan or Elbownia

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Had a fine time in Toytown, where they get all those fine Tom Toles cartoons like this one. The Buffalo News’ lead editorial Friday pointed to this crisis, reporting that health insurance premiums will rise up to 25% next year, and noted that you wouldn’t think that there’s a problem if you just listen to the Republican candidates.

They go on to suggest that the GOP will have their asses handed to them by the voters if all they can say on the subject is the same old “free market vs. socialized medicine” baloney they’re spouting.

All we want is the same choices the congress has voted for themselves. I applaud John Edwards’ call for the congress to follow the example of Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wisc, who has declined his health insurance coverage “until everyone he represents has the same healthcare options.” I made the same suggestion to my congressman, Nick Lampson. It would be a brave move, considering his pre-existing heart condition, but hell, that's what leadership's all about.

And it’s not just on that issue. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex, is the Dennis Kucinich of the right: the only candidate to get the war right all along. How do you suppose he’s been able to raise so much campaign money? Here’s hoping the voters are way out ahead of the politicians on these two crucial issues.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

America's Action Hero

If you don't vote for chuckhuck, he'll kill you. From

1. Guns don't kill people. Chuck Norris kills People.

2. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.

3. Chuck Norris does not sleep. He waits.

4. The chief export of Chuck Norris is Pain.

5. There is no chin under Chuck Norris' Beard. There is only another fist.

6. Chuck Norris has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.

7. The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Chuck Norris 3. Cancer

8. Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.

9. Chuck Norris is (your) my Homeboy.

10. Chuck Norris doesn't go hunting.... CHUCK NORRIS GOES KILLING

Monday, November 19, 2007

Erik Titov

This is a peculiar story that is beginning to interest me. Here is everything written on this I can find, starting with our original ZDD thread:

Can't Wait for the Movie Version

Story in today's Chronicle about some fecal specimen stealing batteries and shooting a policeman. If he'd lived, his best hope would be life in Huntsville, but notice how he checked out, surprised we don't see more of this:

"HPD: Shooting suspect found dead, may have tripped


"A man accused of shooting an off-duty Houston police officer was found dead Sunday in a thick grove of woods near the westside apartment complex where the officer was wounded, authorities said.

"The gunman, identified by police as Eric Titov, 22, apparently shot himself in the head following a violent confrontation about midnight with HPD officer Victor Hill at the Reserve by the Lake Apartments, 18600 South Park View, police said.

"It was unclear Sunday whether Titov committed suicide or shot himself accidentally.

"Looks like his shorts fell down to his thighs; he may have actually tripped," HPD homicide Capt. Steve Jett said. "And, trying to catch himself with his hands, wound up pulling the trigger as he was falling."

-Officer Hill deserves our thanks for stopping this vermin, and our prayers for his speedy recovery.

posted by judge chief charly hoarse @ 9:34 AM 5 comments links to this post
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Chupacabra Report

News that gets my goat:

crystal pistol said...

Does anyone know if Eric will have a funeral service?

10:02 AM
liquiddaddy said...

Ms. Pistol,


I passed your question on to the reporter, Mr. Glen, but I have not heard back as of the date of this.



1:08 PM
crystal pistol said...

Thank you so much, and please if you do hear of anything tell me. I knew Eric personally.. And well, it would mean the world to me to be able to visit his gravesite. Thanks again.

10:18 PM
judge chief charly hoarse said...

Thank you for the compassion check. Titov's mother was interviewed the next day and she said that they were praying for everybody. I like the sound of that better than my name calling.

3:26 AM
Maria said...

I knew Eric, when he live at Uktaine (sorry for my bad english). Please, crystal pistol, can i tolking with you about Eric?

11:20 PM

Oct. 30, 2007

A man suspected of shooting a Houston police officer while he was being arrested was found dead in a field Sunday, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Police said Officer Victor Hill, who was not in uniform, arrested Eric Titov, 22, on suspicion of breaking into cars at the complex in the 18600 block of South Park View Drive near West Park View Drive at about 12:30 a.m.

Investigators said Titov, who was handcuffed, pulled out a gun and shot Hill in the chest.
Hill called for backup and was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.

Titov ran from the scene, detectives said. He was found dead in a field on Barker Cypress Road near Saums Road on Sunday afternoon. Police have not said how he died.
Titov had several credit cards and driver's licenses that did not belong to him, detectives said. Hill has been with the Houston Police Department for 14 years.



Houston police say a young Russian national shot himself to death after shooting an officer while handcuffed.

FOX 26 News has learned from the Houston Police Department that Eric Titov shot and killed himself after shooting Officer Victor Hill.

Hill, who has served fourteen years in the HPD, was in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital Sunday after getting shot by Titov who hid a pistol in his waistband, officials said.

Hill was shot late Saturday night shortly after arresting Titov.

The Russian national was suspected of burglarizing cars in the Reserve Near Barker Cypress apartment complex. Hill handcuffed 22-year-old Titov behind his back, as per department policy, officials said.

That's when Titov "produced a pistol from his back waistband and fired upward," HPD spokeswoman Johanna Abad said for a story posted online by a Houston newspaper.

The shooting touched off a manhunt involving police helicopters and canine units, Abad said. The suspect had remained at large much of Sunday afternoon until the body of Titov was found in a nearby wooded area at approximately 1 p.m.

Friends of Titov told HPD officers that Titov was under the influence of drugs when the shootings took place.


Posted by ISIAH CAREY at 5:50 AM


crystal pistol said...

Does anyone know if Eric will have a funeral service?
11:37 AM
Anonymous said...

Does it matter?
9:56 PM
crystal pistol said...

Yes it does matter. I think everyone is a person, and I knew Eric personally.. Infact, I knew him pretty well. Not saying I agree with his actions but I would like to have a 'final goodbye'.
12:03 AM
robert said...

whoever crystal pistol is, can you please contact me.
9:36 PM
Anonymous said...

I'm sure his final goodbye was "ouch!" Good riddance!
12:16 AM

I had a nice chat with Mr. Glenn and we agreed on two things; first, Erik was buried by his family. His mom lives in Houston, and no doubt made the final arrangements. Second, any further inquiries on the case should be directed to HPD, since Mr. Glenn has not heard anything further on the case.

Maria from Ukraine, I left word with Ms. Pistol on her exclusive site, and would further both of you anything on this, except that I have no contact information.

Personally, this story reminds me of the reports of amazing prisoner aquabatics while in HPD custody in the 70's. With a couple of twists. Imagine me, the accepting public, all I have to do is believe that in the night in question, the perp was breaking into cars on Barker across from the park. It is very dark out there with plenty of places to hide. The perp was high on drugs, people, and skulking around the parked cars BY HIMSELF (according to the dead witness) with a firearm secured in the elastic waistband of his jogging pants. When confronted and restrained with handcuffs by the deceased, the perp somehow manages (after he has already submitted to restraint- and not before) to grasp the weapon, turn around, bend over, and shoot the deceased in the chest. AND THEN flees on foot across Barker, into the soccer field, and either: 1. commits suicide; or 2. trips and shoots himself accidentally. No accomplice, apparently.

Sure. Why not?


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Habeas Corpses for $2000 Alex

Have you noticed that I’m a trivia nut? Back when the “Pursuit” game was popular, our friends wouldn’t let my wife and me on the same team because we have complimentary garbage minds. So, you might guess that we watch Jeopardy at our house.

I love it when the contestants are stumped but I have the answer. It happened today and the answer was “who is Joe Hill.” I was surprised that none of them knew it; after all, two of them looked old enough for Woodstock.

But I shouldn’t be surprised. Since Richard Nixon killed Jimmy Hoffa, and Ronald Reagan gave the death penalty to the air traffic controllers, union busting has become the national sport in this country, so that now union membership has fallen over 300% since the 1970’s.

So, a little history: Joe Hill, 1879 – 1915, was a migrant worker who joined the Industrial Workers of the World while working on the docks of San Francisco. He became an organizer for the IWW, or Wobblies as they were called, and was a popular speaker and songwriter for the union. He coined the phrase “pie in the sky,” and wrote the song “Rebel Girl,” later popularized by the Grrl group Bikini Kill.

While organizing striking copper miners in Utah, he was framed for murder of a policeman and was executed by a firing squad. His body was sent to Chicago where it was cremated, the ashes sent to IWW locals in every state but Utah, Joe having said “I wouldn’t be caught dead in Utah.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Goodwill's mentally challenged employees losing jobs

Karen Grace
KENS 5 Eyewitness News

They are supposed to help people get back on their feet and change their lives with a job.

But now, at least one Goodwill worker is asking where is the goodwill after finding out he is being kicked to the curb.

Goodwill is forcing more that 50 mentally challenged people out of their jobs.

One disabled man is losing his job after working for Goodwill for almost 20 years.

"I've been there a long time with Goodwill industry," Paul Stuebben said.

Every morning, Stuebben rises and shines, not letting his disability keep him from making a living.

"I can hang 165 clothes, fast as I can go, and I can knock them out, off the table" he said. "Nobody else can do it like I can."

He's taken great pride in working for Goodwill, and though their mission is to change lives through the power of work, 41-year-old Stuebben just learned he will be losing his job there.

"[We are] Helping people get that job, keep that job and advance," said Rebecca Helterbrand, with Goodwill Industries.

More coverage
KENS video: Watch the broadcast

If that 's the case, why is Stuebben not keeping his?

KENS 5 has learned Goodwill is now doing away with it Sheltered Workshops and collaborating with places like the Unicorn Center, where they say they can better meet Stuebben's needs and provide work.

"These 59 folks are going to be offered choices in their employment opportunities," Helterbrand said.

But Stuebben is already attached to the position he has.

"I want to stay there, hang clothes a little bit longer," he said.

And he feels helpless.

"Sad inside," Stuebben said. Goodwill says this decision was bases on better meeting the needs of their disabled workforce, not to hurt them. They promise to help people like Stuebben make this transition.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Moulton Music Musings

I had a nice day in Moulton picking up pecans, that are three layers thick on the ground. Mixed in with the fallen leaves, the husks and refuse from the trees (limbs have dropped under the weight of this year's abundant crop) the task before me is herculean.

Moulton's my favorite place, of course. I wish I could spend more time there, especially at night when Moulton becomes the center of Texas music for five counties. Besides beer joints, like Pavla's, and the only full bar around at Harvey Kloesel's, Jim and Harvan Mendenhal have the musical oasis Old Moulton Bank, that sho-cases only the finest entertainment from San Antonio and Austin. One can expect to see names like Ponty Bone, The Morales Sisters, Clay Farmer, Adam Carol - all the best.

Recently, a local enterpenuer purchased Tony's antique shop and the venerable Main Bar, and fashioned them into a mega-honkeytonk "Shooter's." The place is the hottest thing around right now. It apparently couldn't come at a worse time for Jim and Harvan. Their love-struck, psychopathic bartender terrorized the patrons with an AK-47, which chased off some customers for a while. Shooter's has had some rough and ready local boys like Tim Hall, and TeXXas. For the longest time OMB refused to hire local legends like Jarrod Birmingham and Highspeed Hayride, but the pressure from Shooter's might make discerning against what the people want harder to endure.

In all fairness, Bill Pekar's band regularly holds court at OMB, and the Mules used to routinely kill there. Even yours truly a time or two.

These are exciting times.

The wife and I have caught the recently re-formed Krayolas in San Antonio. The last time, at the Cove (where surf-god Brain Parrish's band The Saturdaynite Satalites played ashort set) showed the band has their shit together, and gets three thumbs up from mio.

I put off mentioning, and then forgot the Burnt Orange Report on Neo-con Goon Chris Turner, to wit:

Fort Worth City Council candidate Chris Turner evidently has calculated that his long history as a harshly partisan Republican political operative with ties to Tom DeLay and Tom Craddick, along with his work as a special interest lobbyist, is not a very good profile when campaigning for a nonpartisan office like the City Council. So, in a recent Fort Worth Star Telegram article, Turner simply decided to mislead the reporter by denying his close ties to DeLay and Craddick and outright lying about the extent of his work as a paid lobbyist.

In fact, Turner received over $250,000 for work supporting Craddick/DeLay allies and
earned as much as $240,000 working as a lobbyist. That is completely contrary to what he told the press a few days ago.

"Turner said his lobbying work was limited to two clients during the past five years."

Looking at filings at the Ethics Commission tells the full story. The reality is, Chris Turner has registered as a lobbyist for 9 different clients in the last 5 years and 5 clients since just January 1, 2007. Those contracts were worth as much as $240,000.

Chris Turner's Registered Lobby List 2004-2007

* Anheuser-Busch Inc.
* Bank of America N.A.
* Carlisle & Gallagher Technology Incorporated
* Crescent Real Estate Equities LTD
* Harvest Partners Ltd.
* Positive Pain Management
* Provident Realty Advisors Inc.
* San Jacinto Public Affairs L.L.P.
* Texas Music LLC

Which begs the question, what does a relatively banal Texas Music site need registered lobbyist? It would be like finding out MyTexasMusic paid Rudy Guliani for public relations.

I'll have to ponder this.

Coming soon: What happened to Billy Joe Shaver after he shot that fan in the face recently at a Waco dive. I'll ask more gently, but there is nothing blunter than shooting somebody in the face.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Don't Tase Me Bro

I got off at NASA Parkway to check the clearance racks at a couple of
sporting goods stores on my way home. On Kubayashi between Academy and
Oshmans, I noticed police behind me, and as I stopped at the 4-way behind the “Temple of Doom” theaterplex, I saw the light show start up. Wondering who they were after, I looked for a place to pull over, and snapped to the fact that it was me they were after.

“Please turn off your vehicle, do you have any ID? Please take it out for me, would you please step out of the vehicle…

“Do you have any weapons on you? This pocket? I’ll take this, too. Have you been in League City today? How come your pants are wet?”

“I drove through League City on I-45 a little while ago. I’m on my way home from Galveston. I was also in League City about 6:30 this morning, I stopped for a burrito at La India Bonita. My pants are wet because I’ve been wadefishing all morning."

“We’ve been looking for a car by this description in connection with an altercation in League City involving an assault and a theft.”

By this time there were three police cars and three officers standing around me, one worked the computer and the radio a few minutes until they finally decided that they had the wrong guy.

“Okay Mr. Hoarse, you’re free to go. Thank you for your cooperation.”

“Can you tell me what this was all about?”

“You were somehow mistaken for one Cody Frank who the police in League City are looking for in connection with an assault and theft at Sudies Restaurant.”

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Along with this great Borgman cartoon, todays Chronicle had three letters about the defeat of the county jail bond issue. First, Steve Tran of Houston writes that inmates should be housed in tents, with much harsher treatment. Next, some thoughtful views:

From Staci Hedlund:
“Confusion abounds. The defeat of the jail bond baffles Harris County officials who have begun blaming each other for its failure. Political analysts cite late campaign efforts. Not one of the post-election articles quotes a voter. No wonder it's a mystery.

“After years of convictions on flawed evidence combined with escalating imprisonment rates, it is no wonder that the voters have spoken. Will the "deciders" understand that ill-timed direct mail is not their biggest problem?”

And from John W. Mikus:
“Wonder why the United States houses so many criminals in the first place? Perhaps it is because "law and order" prosecutors want to put away nonviolent offenders for as many years as possible. Instead of expending taxpayer dollars for family counseling, education, job treatment and drug treatment, taxpayers spend tens of thousands of dollars per year to house an inmate. Texas jury panels and juries are not allowed to consider the cost to taxpayers of prison in the punishment of an offender.

“As privatization of jails increases, crime and the jailing of offenders becomes a cottage industry in America fueled by the political contributions of private investors in the prison industry.

“These are issues that all voters, not just black voters whose children are often falsely accused, should bring with them to the voting booth the next time Harris County seeks to build more jails.”


Heard the Marketplace show kick off a new series on consumerism today, read about it here. See They started off at the port of Long Beach California, what they called the mouth of the consumer economy, and they worked around to a huge landfill nearby, the other end of the consumer economy. Landfills take in a quarter of a billion tons of plastic every year, accounting for ten percent of our oil imports.

They found a local family named Simpson, (the real Simpson family) who live like green churchmice in their 1,000 square foot house, drive their only car less than 1,000 miles a year, cook at home, waste not, want not, and calculated that if everybody on the planet lived like they did, it would take the resources of three and a half earths to sustain them.

The website has a calculator to figure your own impact. I needed 4.8 earths. The average American needs 10 earths. What pigs we are. (Give me 700 Krusty Burgers.)

Jared Diamond, author of the excellent Guns, Germs, and Steel spoke about his new book Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. He referred to the ancient Mayan civilization as one that perished because they outstripped their water and soil resources. Another example he used was Rwanda in 1994, how an overcrowded people in a depleted place responded by going at each other with machetes. He said that our world faces a dozen crises that unmet, will collapse our civilization in the next 30 years.

That means that by the time my teenagers are my age, they will be living in a different world, if any.

Reminds me of Bertrand Russell saying “the only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.”

Marketplace will continue with the this special report for the next two weeks.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Reading Tea Leaves

One notable result from the election yesterday was that Harris County voters rejected Proposition 3, a $245 million bond issue to build a new jail on Buffalo Bayou.

This was the only losing issue on the county slate, losing on a day when voters approved 16 state propositions, including Prop 4, a billion dollar blank check for Gov Perry & Co. to build three new prisons, which they will likely turn over to private operators to run.

But back to Harris County, could it be that the nine-some percent of registered voters that bothered to vote this election (the super-voters) lack confidence in our criminal justice system? Might this vanguard be sending a message to our elected officials that our traditional lock ‘em up and throw away the key attitude won’t sell anymore?

Maybe the message will trickle up to our elected officials that we can do better than throwing millions down the criminal justice/ prison industry rathole; that we have better uses for our limited resources than to cram the jails full of two bit dope offenders.

Damn You

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains,
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways,
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests,
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans,
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it,
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin',
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin',
I saw a white ladder all covered with water,
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken,
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin',
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world,
Heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin',
Heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin',
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin',
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter,
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley,
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony,
I met a white man who walked a black dog,
I met a young woman whose body was burning,
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow,
I met one man who was wounded in love,
I met another man who was wounded with hatred,
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin',
I'll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest,
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty,
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters,
Where the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison,
Where the executioner's face is always well hidden,
Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten,
Where black is the color, where none is the number,
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it,
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it,
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin',
But I'll know my song well before I start singin',
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard,
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Bob Dylan

Monday, November 05, 2007

Dias De Los Muertos de Tejas 11/2/07

Thursday, November 01, 2007

What's the Matter with Us?

There were a bunch of us scattered around the back-bay, trying to hook some flounder. I talked to a few later, and one guy spoke of a “Mexican game warden writing him a $105.00 ticket for being white, he didn’t even check the Mexicans fishing there.”

Another man, seeing that we were all getting skunked, told me that the bay ain’t what it used to be. He said that he’d been a commercial fisherman here, “but then they let in all the Vietnamese, and they didn’t have to follow the same regulations as us.”

Jeez, a slow fishing day brings on a wave of xenophobia? I got out of there before the ghost of Millard Fillmore showed up with the know-nothing party to save us from the Papists by shutting down immigration and teaching the Bible in the schools.

So is this a sign of hard times? That we get all tribal? I wonder if cable news has something to do with it. CNN’s doing a thing about copycat noose crimes now that will probably lead to a new lynching craze if they flog it like they have some of their other non-news stories. Maybe this is just a bad hangover from the ruling party using all those code words in their dog whistle politics.

Elvis said a mouthful when he asked “What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?”