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    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) quietly removed information intended to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicide from one of its websites after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) was criticized by a primary opponent for “promoting transgender sexual policies to Texas youth.”
    The site for Texas Youth Connection, part of DFPS, used to have a page called “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” that had links to various LGBTQ youth resources, including a suicide prevention hotline and educational materials.
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    Well of course! We want them faggots & queers to kill themselves - that way we don't have to do it. If one takes it's life, no blood on our hands.

    God TX is disgusting these days.
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    Seems to be no bottom. One does have to wonder if there's ever that step too far: the one that maybe gets people to thinking.
    "alternative facts (lies)" are a cancer eating through a democracy, and will kill it. 1st amendment is not absolute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Well of course! We want them faggots & queers to kill themselves - that way we don't have to do it. If one takes it's life, no blood on our hands.

    God TX is disgusting these days.
    It's not just 'these days'. Texas has always been its own unique mixture of corrupt, fraternal, and incompetent... and mostly blasé about it. Mostly the conservatives, but not always. Read some Molly Ivins. Or jump back to the time of Ma Ferguson and her impeached husband. Or read up on the antics of Houston developer Frank Sharp in the 60's.

    Nothing they stoop to would surprise me.
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    Texas Republicans are lead by a war criminal, what do you expect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
    Texas Republicans are lead by a war criminal, what do you expect?
    Anti vaxxer who caught covid war criminal but I think that he has resigned his chairmanship of TXGOP.
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    There’s always Ted Cruz to try to break the bottom.

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    Aren't you overlooking Louie Gohmert ?

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    Dan Patrick makes Greg Abbott look good, who makes Rick Perry look good, who makes George Bush look good, so they are starting out, pretty deep down in the hole.
    Bottomless pit? There is always Ken Paxton.
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    Everything in Texas is bigger, 'specially the Alpha Hotels.

    Abbot and Patrick are in a contest to see how low they can stoop without bumping their heads on Ted Cruz's nut sack....

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    TexasMan --

    Texas man charged with threatening prominent doctor over her Covid vaccine advocacy


    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ccine-n1281383

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    Granted this chart comes from Progress Texas, an organization that as their name implies supports "progressive" issues, their numbers seem robustly researched. Abbott, Cruz and the rest of the GOP down there must see the same numbers. It's just depressing to me that rather than recognizing a growing piece of their population is looking for a different direction from government and making the adjustment they insist on swinging further to the right. So much for "representative" democracy.
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    Jason Johnson excoriates Allen West as GOP’s ‘all-natural flavor racism’


    MSNBC analyst Dr. Jason Johnson appeared on The Reid Out Monday and ripped into GOP gubernatorial hopeful Allen West.

    Johnson and host Joy Reid addressed some of the issues emerging from Texas — where West currently lives and is vying for the governor’s seat — such as banning books and vaccine mandates against coronavirus.

    MSNBC contributor Dr. Jason Johnson (left) had a variety of choice words for former Florida Rep. Allen West (right), who is running for governor in Texas. (Photos: Ed Rode/Getty Images for Politicon and Alex Wong/Getty Images)“He is the zeitgeist of the Republican Party right now,” said Johnson, a Morgan State University associate professor of communication and journalism.

    “They want that all-natural flavor racism, but they want it in blackface with a 1990s flattop haircut. That’s what they want, and that’s what they can get out of Allen West if he can actually get out of bed and hopefully realize that he could catch COVID again because the magical antibodies that he thinks he has now will not keep him any safer if he continues to run around and grab hand the way that he is.”

    “He is the kind of person that many Republicans in that state want,” Johnson of West, said per Mediaite. “But here’s the problem: The state of Texas is not nearly as Republican as the idiots they want to have running. Ninety-five percent of the growth in that state has been coming from minorities and people from other, more liberal progressive places moving into the state.”

    “At some point,” Johnson asserted, “the dam is gonna break, and you’ll start to see politicians who reflect the people who live there and not just the moneyed interests who are paying their way.”

    https://thegrio.com/2021/10/12/jason...flavor-racism/

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    It's no great surprise that Texas is such a mixed bag of fascinating and foxxxed up. Their history is also a mixed bag. And it's based upon a largely false narrative of oppression, bravery, and valor. A new book points out the facts, and inspires a whole lotta loud pushback from the Texians.

    When you build upon a lie, and never come to terms with it... never correct it... but continue to embrace it even after more and more people get to know better... it seems to hardly ever turn out well --

    OK, Fine, Remember the Alamo. Just Don't Forget the Slavery and Stupidity

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/forget...ed-origin-myth

    For more - which corroborates the narrative in the above book, and adds some detail - see the most excellent history, "Lions of the West" --

    https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-r...an/lions-west/
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    Latest example. Parents complain about a racist teacher... and got no response.

    Until the media gets involved. Then the teacher is gone ---


    ‘Absolutely Offensive’: Parents Demand District Accountability concerning Texas Teacher Who Used the N-Word, Questioned Lack of ‘White History Month’

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/absolutel...154500302.html

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    Even conservative commentators continue to call out the RWW's. Not sure I agree with him that there was a time when Texas R's were 'respectable'... but that's a separate issue --

    Conservative Pundit Torches ‘Absolutely [redacted] Crazy’ Republicans In Texas


    “I know that Republicans in Texas have been conservative for a long time but there was a time when conservative Republicans in Texas were not absolutely bat**** crazy,” Sykes, founder of the conservative website The Bulwark, told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace in video shared online by Mediaite.


    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/conse...b00cb3cbd32b6c

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    I've had a lot of long talks with people who work with high school students both as teachers and as coaches. Kids today, at least here, are FAR more accepting of gender issues than I was at that age or the government of Texas is now. In the future, either the rising voters of Texas will reject today's Republican politics, or the gulf between them and us (here) will be greater than ever. I sincerely believe that Texas is fighting a losing battle.
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    Another non-whacko R speaks out ---

    A Texas Republican tells all, blames Dan Patrick, money group for push to far right


    The mild-mannered Tarrant County judge is speaking out again, this time about what has gone so very wrong for both Republicans and Texas.

    And he’s naming names: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Tim Dunn and Dan and Farris Wilks. “Since 2006, when Dan Patrick got elected [as state senator] and Empower Texans was founded, we have become more and more like Washington each year,” he told civic leaders the other day, unloading on two forces that have made life miserable for business Republicans and lately have even pressed Gov. Greg Abbott into falling obediently in line.

    “They demonize everything. They attack local officials. And from Empower Texans’ standpoint” — he used the old PAC name loosely for both Dunn and the Wilks brothers, all West Texas oil-money political donors who spend millions to elect candidates — “they feel like if they can get influence over half the people in the Capitol, then they can control what goes on in this state.”

    Read more at: https://www.star-telegram.com/opinio...#storylink=cpy

    https://www.star-telegram.com/opinio...254894082.html

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    And now we can circle back around to the latest with Dr. James Whitfield ---

    First Black principal at Texas high school requests hearing on possible non-renewal of contract

    https://thegrio.com/2021/10/15/texas...tract-hearing/

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    I've had a lot of long talks with people who work with high school students both as teachers and as coaches. Kids today, at least here, are FAR more accepting of gender issues than I was at that age or the government of Texas is now. In the future, either the rising voters of Texas will reject today's Republican politics, or the gulf between them and us (here) will be greater than ever. I sincerely believe that Texas is fighting a losing battle.
    Some of the older folks may have known, or at least heard stories about, times when being left-handed was seen as a choice, and needed to be corrected. There were some rather drastic and inhumane, efforts made to force lefties to be righties.
    "alternative facts (lies)" are a cancer eating through a democracy, and will kill it. 1st amendment is not absolute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Smith View Post
    Some of the older folks may have known, or at least heard stories about, times when being left-handed was seen as a choice, and needed to be corrected. There were some rather drastic and inhumane, efforts made to force lefties to be righties.
    Yes, along the same lines as 'gay conversion therapy'. Or boarding schools for Native American children... where they were 'educated for extinction'.

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    Troglodytic Texans continue to explore new dismal territory --

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/vi...ant/ar-AAPLb7c

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    Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick paid out his first voter fraud bounty to a progressive poll worker in Pennsylvania who caught a Republican voting illegally

    https://crooksandliars.com/2021/10/t...ts-first-25000

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    In Lawsuit Against Texas Redistricting Maps, Plaintiffs See History Repeating

    Back in the ’60s when the SVREP was getting started, says the organization’s current president Lydia Camarillo, Texas was a place where signs were not hard to find that made who had power—and an overt and sometimes brutal form of it—plain. Those signs, plastered on doors and water fountains and storefronts read, “No dogs, No Negroes, No Mexicans.”

    “It feels like it’s that time all over again,” Camarillo, who is based in San Antonio, says. “The atmosphere… We’re in the same place.”

    https://time.com/6109213/texas-redis...wsuit-history/

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    Another lawsuit about redistricting --

    Voting rights advocates sue Texas again over GOP-drawn maps

    Voting rights advocates are suing Texas again, this time with support from a former U.S. attorney general, over the state's newly redrawn congressional district maps that favor the GOP, claiming the maps dilute the vote of communities of color after growth in America's largest red state was overwhelmingly Hispanic, Black and Asian American people.

    The lawsuit was filed Monday by Texas voters and Voto Latino, a Latino voter advocacy organization, in an Austin federal court just moments after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the redrawn districts into law.


    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wire...n-gop-80801526

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    Quote Originally Posted by stromborg View Post


    Granted this chart comes from Progress Texas, an organization that as their name implies supports "progressive" issues, their numbers seem robustly researched. Abbott, Cruz and the rest of the GOP down there must see the same numbers. It's just depressing to me that rather than recognizing a growing piece of their population is looking for a different direction from government and making the adjustment they insist on swinging further to the right. So much for "representative" democracy.


    uses real words, so linky only - number 56..

    See, also, "It's a big club, and you ain't in it." - yep, linky - more adult words.

    and I know you're savvy enough & (likely) old enough to know this dude.. he wasn't kidding.

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    Right now, if folks whose ancestors lived in the Spanish Empire voted at the same rate as everybody else, Texas would be a bluish-purple state.
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    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    uses real words, so linky only - number 56..

    See, also, "It's a big club, and you ain't in it." - yep, linky - more adult words.

    and I know you're savvy enough & (likely) old enough to know this dude.. he wasn't kidding.
    I'm just not that cynical...yet....
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    ^ took me decades too, but I'm there.

    and not so quick, Keith.. hispanics are predominantly Catholic.. and tend to 'vote their religion'.. and that would be the local priest, not necessarily Pope Francis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    and not so quick, Keith.. hispanics are predominantly Catholic.. and tend to 'vote their religion'.. and that would be the local priest, not necessarily Pope Francis.
    Not so simple. Hispanic Catholics tend to be leftish, although not nearly as uniformly so as other non-white (or non-Anglo) groups. But a significant and growing fraction of US Hispanics are Evangelical Protestants, with some of the political baggage associated with white Evangelicals (who are Mr Trump's staunchest supporters). And there's a strain in Latin American culture that admires caudillos, the strongman on the white horse. But still, if Hispanic citizens in Texas voted in the same proportion for Democrats and Republicans they do now, but at the same rate as everybody else, the state would be at least purplish if not blue.
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    A GOP Texas elections official says she was forced out of the job after 'fierce attacks': 'I apparently was not Republican enough'

    A GOP Texas elections official who recently decided to resign from her post says she was forced out of her job as a result of "fierce attacks" following the 2020 election as Trump loyalists spread misinformation about election fraud in a county he overwhelmingly won.

    Michele Carew, an elections administrator in Hood County, TX, wrote in a column published in The Washington Post Monday that in the months after the 2020 election "my administration of that election came under fierce attacks from partisan activists, in meetings and online."

    "Though it was my duty as election administrator to be nonpartisan, that was characterized as a flaw," wrote Carew, whose resignation takes effect next week on November 12.

    Carew explained that at a Hood County Commissioners Court meeting on May 11, one commissioner said, "Nonpartisan in this county means Democrat."

    https://www.insider.com/gop-texas-el...ttacks-2021-11

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    There is no bottom.
    "alternative facts (lies)" are a cancer eating through a democracy, and will kill it. 1st amendment is not absolute.

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    Judge Overturns Texas Ban On School Mask Mandates In Blow To GOP Governor

    A federal judge said Wednesday that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates in schools violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, bringing a major victory to advocates who filed suit over the Republican governor’s aggressive efforts to limit COVID-19 protections

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-school-mask-mandates-judge_n_618c78abe4b0b1aee920c666

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