Abbott Vetoes Spousal Loophole

Since I’ve criticized Governor Abbott numerous times, I figured he deserved a quick post for vetoing the ethics bill that contained the spousal loophole as discussed in my Ethics the Texas Way post. As predicated though, when doing so, the Governor did do his best Sepp Blatter impersonation, saying “Serious ethics reform must be addressed next session … Continue reading “Abbott Vetoes Spousal Loophole”

Greg Abbotts Audacity of Change

Governor Abbott, has been defending the moral and ethical freedoms of a bunch of scared, angry old white Christian men, and declared that it was time for Texas to defend the rest of America. Just in case there is any confusion about what he means, between him and Attorney General Paxton and their once every two … Continue reading “Greg Abbotts Audacity of Change”

Abbotts Texas Miracle

This week Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott continued to demonstrate that the Texas Miracle is based only on smoke and mirrors. First up, Abbott claimed victory over the evil empire, the Federal Governments’ Environmental Protection Agency. Abbott has time and time again sued the EPA to try to get relief for Texas based businesses, claiming … Continue reading “Abbotts Texas Miracle”

What did Abbott do and when did he do it?

While the water story of Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott is really little more than a “storm in  private well”,  the news that former CPRIT Executive Jerry Cobb was indicted by a grand jury for first-degree felony indictment of securing execution of a document by deception, has the potential to be pretty … Continue reading “What did Abbott do and when did he do it?”

Abbott, leads by example

And says FU to Texas water users. Attorney general Abbott knows the law,  if nothing else. Texas is a property rights state,  along with which come a number of other rights,  not normally recognized as either good for the Commons,  or not allowed by law in a modern democracy. Those rights include everything under the … Continue reading “Abbott, leads by example”

You get what you want in Texas

The Austin American Statesman today published a frank review of the Texas rules on disclosure of chemical storage “Information scarce on chemical plant blasts — just like Texas wanted“. I wrote about this issue precisely back in “The Texas Freedom Illusion” and after the “West Disaster” report. In essence, under the veil of “security”, Governor … Continue reading “You get what you want in Texas”

Ahh Austin…

When Texas Governor Abbott took time out of his busy schedule of subjugating his authority, to call a special session for the “part-time” Texas Legislators(1) to pass a bathroom bill and other discriminatory acts, his statements eloquently tried to trash the Capital of Texas, Austin. As Caleb points out, there are plenty of examples where … Continue reading “Ahh Austin…”

Go, West!

What the West report tells us is that 33(83% of the total) facilities in Texas that store fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate still are located within a quarter mile of homes. Apart from weakening the reporting and classification requirements, the only substantive thing Governor Abbott has done is to remove your right to find out if you live near a storage location.

China, still not big or bad enough

The primary difference being, as the updated NY Times article on Tianjin chemical storage shows, there were public records about chemical storage in China, not so much Texas. Freedom is an illusion.

Texas is an Ass

Just this week, Governor Abbott vetoed what many consider a key mental health provision, and given many of the continuing gun massacres are blamed on mental health issues, add that to guns in Texas, and a lot of people are upset with Abbott. This post isn’t about guns, or mental health, or bashing Republicans. It … Continue reading “Texas is an Ass”