South By Southwest Tragedy: Austin Needs New Top Cops

South By Southwest Tragedy: Austin Needs New Top Cops

Which Art Acevedo is in charge of the Austin Police Department this month? The one who said it was “courageous” to admit to driving three times over the legal limit in February 2014? Or the one who said it was capital murder when’driving drunk?resulted in terrible tragedy?in March 2014? Here is the sorry recent history […]

Facebook Brings Gender Identity Into The 21st Century

Facebook Brings Gender Identity Into The 21st Century

Gender identity is something that occurs along a continuum. Good for Facebook for recognizing that people simply are, in the words of John Colapinto, as God made them. And by God, I mean God as you understand that term. No judgment. The possible gender identities Facebook has given people to choose from transcend cultures, as […]

One Fourth Of Federal Judicial Nominees Did Not Answer Party Membership Question

One Fourth Of Federal Judicial Nominees Did Not Answer Party Membership Question

What does it say about our federal judicial nominees that?one-fourth of them are not?responding to the party membership question on the U.S. Senate questionnaire? Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Judge Douglas Rayes, who only a year ago claimed very publicly to be a lifelong Republican on an application he filled out for a state […]

Federal Judicial Nominee Omits Party On Questionnaire

Federal Judicial Nominee Omits Party On Questionnaire

CREDIT: ?Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services Arizona Republican Douglas Rayes, Obama nominee for a federal bench, fails to tell?Senate Judiciary Committee?that he is?a Republican. I’ve written?before?about a federal judicial nominee from Arizona named Douglas Rayes, who is currently up for confirmation before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I could not understand why President Obama nominated this […]

Texas GOP Personally Attacks Wendy Davis

Texas GOP Personally Attacks Wendy Davis

There is an old joke, told by a Dallas based airline pilot thirty?years ago: What’s the difference between the women in Dallas and the women in Austin? Answer:?In Austin, the breasts are real and the diamonds are fake.?The implication being that in Dallas, the breasts are fake and the diamonds are real.?Haha — er, uh […]

Arizona GOP Votes To Formally Censure John McCain

Arizona GOP Votes To Formally Censure John McCain

The Arizona GOP has given Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) the bird, and it?wasn’t a phoenix.?It was the “Digitus Impudicus,” or middle finger, in a pointless censure of?Senator McCain?at a statewide GOP meeting in Tempe, Arizona. On January 11, 2014, the Maricopa County Republican Committee (MCRC), voted to formally censure the Senior United States Senator from […]

What Crimes Did Chris Christie’s Staff Commit?

What Crimes Did Chris Christie’s Staff Commit?

Handicapping the state criminal charges that could result from the politically motivated closing of the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. In a nice piece in Talking Points Memo, the possibility of criminal charges is discussed. But I have yet to see any kind of comprehensive list of state charges that might be considered against […]

The Kooky Case of the Kountze Christian Cheerleaders

The Kooky Case of the Kountze Christian Cheerleaders

The parties to the lawsuit already agreed to dismiss and the case should be over. Why are Texas’s US Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn weighing in on a frivolous Christian case? Texas’s U.S. Senators Do Not Know What They Are Doing Kountze (pronounced ?Coontz?), a small Texas town of slightly more than 2000 people, […]

A Cheney With An Exit Strategy

A Cheney With An Exit Strategy

In an unexpected development, Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, dropped her bid for a U.S. Senate seat out of Wyoming. Citing “serious health issues” of unidentified family members, Liz Cheney ended her puzzling challenge to longtime incumbent and former Cheney family friend Senator Mike Enzi. Cheney’s campaign was fraught with problems, […]

Sarah Palin Doesn’t Know Jack Frost About Christmas

Sarah Palin Doesn’t Know Jack Frost About Christmas

The title of Sarah Palin’s new book about the nonexistent war on Christmas, Good Tidings and Great Joy,?is derived from her misreading of what the Bible says the angel said to the Virgin Mary, ?I bring you good tidings of great joy.? At Liberty University, Palin told the audience that the angel told Mary, ?I […]

Arizona Is Calling All Topless Lawyer Wannabes

Arizona Is Calling All Topless Lawyer Wannabes

Colorado is tougher on unlicensed hairdressers than Arizona is on unlicensed attorneys. Colorado must be a very conscientious state. In Colorado, Suzette Hall was arrested for suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license. I am assuming it is because she was practicing her craft sans a trendy burnout tee from the Sundance Catalog; or a […]