Monthly Archives: February 2013

Senator Cruz in the New Yorker

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 when Lindsey Graham and John McCain say you are out of bounds . . . . well, you know that’s really out there

The Wire

(Community Matters)  The Wire. Cities can innovate.

I’m unlikely to support a rail initiative unless I know we’ve vetted Jared & Michael’s innovative idea for cable (aerial gandolas) as our form of urban mass transit.

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Husband or Wife

gay wedding cake(Community Matters) Not to be underestimated:

–“New entry in the AP Stylebook: ‘husband, wife'” – AP release: “Regardless of sexual orientation, husband or wife is acceptable in all references to individuals in any legally recognized marriage. Spouse or partner may be used if requested. ‘The AP has never had a Stylebook entry on the question of the usage of husband and wife,’ said AP Senior Managing Editor for U.S. News Mike Oreskes. ‘All the previous conversation was in the absence of such a formal entry. This lays down clear and simple usage. After reviewing existing practice, we are formalizing ‘husband, wife’ as an entry.'”

Reminds me – last week sitting down to breakfast with a new company CEO, I referred to my husband. He looked confused and asked me to repeat what I’d just said. I knew what was going on but feigned not catching his confusion. When I clarified that Steven Tomlinson was my husband, he just looked at me, gulped and said, “ok, I thought that’s what you said.” I knew he wasn’t reacting with prejudice; he just hadn’t ever heard a man call another man his husband. That’s okay. He dealt with it just fine, and we left committed to pursuing a business relationship.

Poof – 2% of Take Home Pay, gone

(Community Matters) $1,300 to a family earning $60,000 per year (or 2% of take home pay), that’s a lot. That’s the impact of expired payroll tax cut and its impact on discretionary spending so real WalMart, Burger King, Kraft and heaps of retailers, restaurants and consumer-good companies lowering earnings expectation.



KXWT – Texas Oil Man, Jim Henry

jim henry(Community Matters) MPR/KXWT’s Lorne Matalon interviews Jim Henry


U of Nebraska – The Harlem Shake

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Supreme Court to Determine if We Still Need the Voting Rights Act Protections

voter lines(Community Matters) Considering recent GOP state led voter suppression initiatives such as voter ID laws, fewer voting locations in communities of color, indiscriminate purging of voter lists, outside campaigns of intimidation, and reduced early voting days, one would think it’s not a good time to argue Federal protections aren’t still necessary to ensure citizens’ right to vote

Lawmakers proposed 62 photo ID bills in 37 states in the 2011 and 2012 sessions, with multiple bills introduced in some states. Ten states have passed strict photo ID laws since 2008, though several may not be in effect in November because of legal challenges.

A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a Washington, D.C.-based, tax-exempt organization.  At ALEC’s annual conferences, legislators, nonprofits and corporations work together without direct public input to develop bills that promote smaller government.

From The Voting Rights Project at News 21; part of the Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education


How Americans Are Feeling About Our Political Leaders

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A very telling statement: “While 88 percent of Democrats support the president, Republicans are evenly split on whether their party’s officials are doing a good job.”

“76% say that the president and Congress should focus on a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to reduce the budget deficit. Just 19% agree with the current Republican position that tax increases should be off the table.” Pew Poll

while Obama’s 51% job approval rating is down slightly from a post-election high of 55%, it remains well above the 25% approval rating for GOP congressional leaders. The job rating for Democratic leaders is higher (37%), though more disapprove (55%) than approve of their performance.

Mexico: Marriage Equality

(Community Matters) Mexico’s high court strikes down marriage discrimination


Gallup Poll on Gays by State

(Community Matters) Latest Gallup poll asking if respondent identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Highest concentration in Washington DC (10%); Texas at 3.3% is at just about the national average (3.5%).

Gallup Poll on gays by state

According to Gallup: “This is the largest single study of the distribution of the LGBT population in the U.S. on record, and the first time a study has had large enough sample sizes to provide estimates of the LGBT population by state.”

Hat Tip: Towelroad

my Tulips

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She said they were a day too old.

I thought perfect for the evening’s dinner.

Four days later, perfection – there is beauty in their bend, when they’re confident displaying the green, yellow and blue within.

If yesterday was perfection, they can’t be perfect today.

Not perfect? Beautiful. Perfection is too subjective. I’ll celebrate beauty instead.

Austin Highline

(Community Matters) I noticed this decaying segment of a railroad bridge behind the Austin Music Hall. It’s quite beautiful. I hope it’ll be preserved as a segment of Austin’s own Highline – ours perhaps dispersed and in bits. I’m hoping the bridge from the Fairmont to the Convention Center can be another.

Austin Highline