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May 13, 2003
I see why

I see why those Texas Democrats left town, rather than face the legislation in front of them.

After watching what happened here, and now what's happening in Texas, I'm beginning to think the states need a different procedure for redrawing district lines. The current Republican shenanigans are disgraceful.

On the other hand, some of the support the Democrats are getting is heartening.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dispatched his attorneys Monday to ask neighboring states whether his troopers and Rangers could make arrests there. Though other states were looking into it late Monday, New Mexico's Atty. Gen. Patricia A. Madrid said no.

She said Texas authorities would need to issue warrants for the legislators' arrest. Only then, she said, would New Mexico authorities be able to arrest them and even then the two states would need to discuss extradition proceedings.

"I have put out an all-points bulletin for law enforcement to be on the lookout for politicians in favor of health care for the needy and against tax cuts for the wealthy," said Madrid, a Democrat.

Hee. Hee.

And here's more, as the media's interest in the story seems to grow:

I want everyone to notice how you have to read at least half a dozen different papers/sites to get the full story. Via Atrios, here's a rundown by Charles Kuffner.

Impeach George Bush? Max Sawicky yawns at the idea. (Don't read to the bottom of the comments unless you want to read a naughty joke.)

The Saudi bombings were...tragic. Expected (we've been hearing for quite a while that another big terrorist attack was about to happen, after all), but tragic.

And yet, I can't help pointing out that it sounds like Colin Powell has been attending the Dubya school of incoherence recently.

"It seems we have lost 10 Americans killed," Powell told reporters shortly after arriving at Riyadh airport from Jordan.

"Many other nationalities were also killed."

I'm just saying. (Hey! I was double-checking my links, and they changed the story!)

I also don't think much of the "discrepancy" between numbers of casualties being reported that that article mentions. Early information is always sketchy.

Here on the home front, the war on the environment continues.

By declaring an end to wild land surveys, the administration ruled out protection of these areas as formal wilderness which, by law, are supposed to be places people can visit but not stay. Now, these areas, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, could be opened to mining, drilling, logging or road-building.
If I can find anyone organizing a protest over this, I'll let you know. In the meantime, nothing's stopping you from picking up a phone or sending an e-mail and protesting all on your own.

And the Department of the Interior seems to be under investigation for ethics problems.

Here's another example of how freedom works in Bush's America. (Hint: Very, very poorly.)

(Heh. Reading today's Buzzflash front page, I see that I'm not the only one who was confused by the multiple arrests of Dr. Germ.)

Posted by AnneZook at 08:39 AM