Phil Stephenson from Texas

April 27, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

The Dallas Morning News has a story about Texas Republican State Representative Phil Stephenson from District 85.  If I were to get up from my patio chair and walk to the end of my street and take 5 more steps, I would be in District 85.

Phil is 72 years old, which ain’t all that old by my standard but Lord Almighty, Phil’s lived 72 hard years.  I’m not saying that his gears are slipping, but … oh hell, that’s exactly what I’m saying. Phil is crotchety old.

Every legislative session, we get more proof that Phil needs to do whittling instead of legislating. Everybody keeps their fingers crossed that he doesn’t show up to legislate without his pants on.

Here’s what Phil has done now.

Twice, not once but twice in this session, he tried to name a highway after a state trooper who was killed in 1992 but instead named it after his murderer.

Twice.

He tried to blame it on someone else, but he refused to let that someone else speak to the press about it.  The bottom line is that Phil’s name is on the bill and if you put your name on something, it’s yours. You learn that in the first grade.

Here’s how it broke down: The first time he got the location of the highway wrong along with using the name of the murderer as the honoree.  So, he corrected that.  Second bill named the right highway, but still insisted on naming that highway after a man who murderer a state trooper.

The second bill was filed on the last day of filing so it couldn’t be withdrawn.  It was now public record, forever.

He had to get four-fifths of the Texas House of Representatives to vote to allow him to withdraw the bill.  He stood in front of them all and said, “I screwed up.”

They let him off the hook this time, but – and I can’t prove this for a fact but I did hear it – he had to promise to remember to wear his pants on the house floor.

Thanks to Bubba for the heads up.

Because It Just Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow

April 27, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

 

 

Whoa! Wait!

April 26, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Sean Spicer just made an announcement that tomorrow is Bring your Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the White House.

Isn’t that every day at the White House?

Thanks to Jeanne for the heads up.

 

Senator Mike Enzi Spends Two Days Apologizing For Being a Jerk

April 26, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Rule of the Day:  Don’t be a jerk.

Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi spoke to a group of high school students this week and told them it’s okay to be LGBTQ, but don’t be “real open about it.”

“I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem.

Dude, he doesn’t get into fights. He gets beat up. There’s a difference.

So, for the past two days, Enzi has called every human rights group in Wyoming to apology.

It’s easier just not to be a jerk.

 

Here’s The Trumpcare Deal

April 26, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

Guess who would be exempt from the death panels of Trumpcare?

Congress.

Of damn course.

The newest version of the Republican health care bill would exempt lawmakers and their families from some of its most unpopular — and life-threatening — provisions.

The bill would allow states to repeal some provisions of the Affordable Care Act, such as protections covering people with pre-existing medical conditions and requiring insurance companies to pay for prescription drugs and mental health treatment.

But a GOP amendment would maintain those protections for members of Congress and their own families, reported Health Affairs Blog.

I want whatever healthcare has.  Period.

Thanks to SGray for the heads up.

Here’s the Deal On Sanctuary Cities

April 26, 2017 By: Juanita Jean Herownself

The the 9th circuit court overturned Trump’s harebrained decision to withdraw federal money for law enforcement from cities that he considers sanctuary cities.

The judge ruled that wasn’t constitutional because …

The Constitution vests the spending powers in Congress, not the President, so the Order cannot constitutionally place new conditions on federal funds. Further, the Tenth Amendment requires that conditions on federal funds be unambiguous and timely made; that they bear some relation to the funds at issue; and that the total financial incentive not be coercive.

I imagine the average fifth grader could understand that.

I want to stop right here and say one damn thing: Republicans do not, no matter what they repeatedly say, support the Constitution.  They try to make laws against it and now they want to hold constitutional conventions to re-write the whole damn thing.  (I suspect the role of Thomas Jefferson will be played by Donald Trump.)

Trump’s lawyers, who understood it perfectly well, tried to say that they agree with the judge completely because they, you know, went to law school.  So they argued that, “the January order was intended to be largely symbolic.” Oh dear, Judges aren’t real big on symbolic stuff and this judge called it an “ominous, misleading, and ultimately toothless threat.”

Holy damn cow. I, for one, am pleased as punch that we finally have a court ruling saying Presidents can’t go around threatening people with his tiny little hands.

Then Trump tells the judge, “See you in court!” which is also the favored weapon of tiny little hands.

The Sean Hannity goes on the electric teevee and says that the 9th circuit is the most overturned court in America, probably because it’s in San Francisco.  Hmmmmm, wildly incorrect, of course.  The most overturned is the 6th Circuit in Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky – Trump’s base.  A very close second is 11th Circuit, which is parts of Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The whole thing was a bustermuck.

Thanks to everybody for the heads up.