Early Voting

Julie and I early voted this afternoon for my boss, Governor Rick Perry. Below is the text of an email that I received from someone else who works for the Governor, explaining why it is important to vote for him in this primary as well as for Justice Eva Guzman.

Early voting is underway. You can vote early through next Friday. The Primary is Tuesday, March 2nd. I encourage you to vote early. Having been involved in the political process for close to 30 years now, I can think of no time in the history of our country and our state that it is more important for you to choose the right leaders. I know that you are all encountering your own issues with this current economy, and there is a lot of uncertainty, and in many cases fear, of what the future holds. I know that you will find it no surprise that I am encouraging you to vote for our current Governor, Rick Perry. I’m not going to give you the political reasons – you can see those on the tv ads that are currently running. I am asking you to support him because he has done a great job leading this state during very difficult times. Things are tough on many Texans right now, but it could be a lot worse if steps had not been taken prior to this current downturn to have Texas in a strong position to weather the storm. Those decisions did not happen by accident. I have had the privilege to see our Governor at work behind the scenes. I know how much he loves this state and the people of this state. He is seasoned and has made the tough decisions that have needed to be made, many times knowing that he would take the political hit. He does not govern by opinion polls or from the influence of special interests. He isn’t looking for the endorsement of newspapers. He represents the businesses and people who work hard every day – The folks like you and me who don’t ask anything from government other than to let us keep as much of our hard earned salaries and business profits as possible to support ourselves, our familes, and help in our communities.

He is not very popular with the current administration in Washington DC. He is taking strong stands every day to protect Texas and her people from what some in the federal government would do to our state, if not challenged. The threats are real and too numerous to discuss in one short email. This is not the time to elect someone who would need time for on-the-job training. The people in office who would pass laws to hurt our state would not give someone a grace period. I would be happy to answer questions or direct you to sources who can answer your questions.

I would also like to encourage you to vote for Justice Eva Guzman for the Texas Supreme Court. The Governor just recently appointed her to the seat she holds on the Court. Justice Guzman is known throughout legal circles as a strict constructionist with an unmatched work ethic. She is a principled, conservative judge. As an associate justice on the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, she ruled on thousands of civil and criminal appeals, and authored hundreds of published opinions. She was recently recognized by the Hispanic National Bar Association as Latina Judge of the Year and as 2009 Judge of the Year by the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas Foundation. She has also been named Appellate Judge of the Year by P.O.L.I.C.E. Inc. and the Houston Police Officers Union. She has an incredible personal history that I would be happy to share with you. For all of my female friends, you would love to hear about her story and journey to end up making history as the first Hispanic female to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas.

Thanks to each of you for your indulgence as I have shared my opinions with you.

I have met Justice Guzman on several occasions and I have spoken with her at length and in depth about her judicial philosophy as a principled conservative Judge. She is a proven hard worker on the 14th Court of Appeals and I encourage everyone to vote for her in the primary and general election in her race for place 9 on the Texas Supreme Court.

from yesterday’s campaign stop in Austin
Get out the Vote
Get out the Vote
Get out the Vote


james cameron’s intent

let’s ask the man what he intended with Avatar. my emphasis added below.

the director with his star Zoe Saldana said that  “Avatar” — with its depiction of mineral exploitation on a distant planet and a cadre of trigger-happy mercenaries charged with instituting a scorched earth policy — is very much a political film.

But he rejected comments by critics that the film is un-American even if it is an allegory for American military forays.

“I’ve heard people say this film is un-American, while part of being an American is having the freedom to have dissenting ideas,” Cameron said, prompting loud applause from a capacity crowd at the ArcLight Hollywood.

“This movie reflects that we are living through war,” Cameron added. “There are boots on the ground, troops who I personally believe were sent there under false pretenses, so I hope this will be part of opening our eyes.”

Conservative commentators such as John Podhoretz and John Nolte have blasted the film in recent weeks. In “The Weekly Standard,” for instance, Podhoretz wrote, “The conclusion does ask the audience to root for the defeat of American soldiers at the hands of an insurgency. So it is a deep expression of anti-Americanism– kind of.”


The director said:  “I don’t know if there is a political agenda exactly, but as an artist I felt a need to say something about what I saw around me. I think we all need to take stewardship of our planet.”

“I think everyone should be a tree hugger,” Cameron added.

In creating the long limbed, blue skinned Na’vi, the aliens that lives in commune with the lush naturescape on the fictional planet Pandora, the director said he was attempting to create a race that was aspirational.

“The Na’vi represent the better aspects of human nature, and the human characters in the film demonstrate the more venal aspects of human nature,” Cameron said.

So it appears that James Cameron was trying to do what he appeared to be trying to do and that he was intending to make the statement that he appeared to be intending to make.

HT to Hot Air.


Cameron tells Entertainment Weekly he is also fine with his movie being a recruiting tool for eco-terrorists. he “believes” in eco-terrorism. (maybe he was joking? maybe?)

EW asked Cameron to respond to some of the criticisms aimed at “Avatar.” Check out how he responded to this one:

EW: “Avatar” is the perfect eco-terrorism recruiting tool.”

JC: Good, good. I like that one. I consider that a positive review. I believe in ecoterrorism.”

retrospective on O’s first year

Peggy Noonan and Charles Krauthammer wrote pieces this week about Barack Obama’s first year as president and their view of what went wrong. Why did such a popular president crash so far in the polls so soon?

Here is a small part of Ms. Noonan’s article that I think gets to the nub of it:

The people are here, and he is there. The popularity of his health care plan is very low, at 35% support. Someone on television the other day noted it is as low as George Bush’s popularity ratings in 2008.

Yet—and this is the key part—the president does not seem to see or hear. He does not respond. He is not supple, able to hear reservations and see opposition and change tack. He has a grim determination to bull this thing through. He negotiates each day with Congress, not with the people. But the people hate Congress! Has he not noticed?

and here is the part where Mr. Krauthammer just nails it:

At first, health care reform was sustained politically by Obama’s own popularity. But then gravity took hold, and Obamacare’s profound unpopularity dragged him down with it. After 29 speeches and a fortune in squandered political capital, it still will not sell.

The health care drive is the most important reason Obama has sunk to 46 percent. But this reflects something larger. In the end, what matters is not the persona but the agenda. In a country where politics is fought between the 40-yard lines, Obama has insisted on pushing hard for the 30. And the American people — disorganized and unled but nonetheless agitated and mobilized — have put up a stout defense somewhere just left of midfield.

anyway, go read them and see if you agree or not.

perfect book at the perfect time

on a secular economic and political note, Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism is celebrating its two year anniversary today.

What a perfect book for today’s political climate. A fairly easy to read but still quite serious and unvarnished look at the historical antecedents for the progressives currently empowered in Washington D.C.

If you haven’t read it yet, you must do so. Available in whatever format you consume books.


just get it and read/listen to it. you will be glad you did.

more like this please

Chris Isaak knows his limitations. this is one of the best answers I have heard in a while.

Maybe you could draw on your student council experience to help sort out the enormous budget crisis in California. Any remedy for it? I don’t think we want a remedy for it. The less the government has to spend, the better off we’ll be. But I should say that I, and the rest of entertainers, don’t know a god-durned nothing about policies. We’re too busy self-aggrandizing to come up with any solutions. It’s amazing how many entertainers can find time between adopting children to tell you how to live your life.

I get so sick of all the pretty people looking down their noses at the rest of us.

Bully for Chris Isaak. I am headed over to iTunes to buy Wicked Game or something.

Hat tip to Christian Toto

new polling on abortion

these are some very interesting numbers.

A new Gallup Poll, conducted May 7-10, finds 51% of Americans calling themselves “pro-life” on the issue of abortion and 42% “pro-choice.” This is the first time a majority of U.S. adults have identified themselves as pro-life since Gallup began asking this question in 1995.

The May 2009 survey documents comparable changes in public views about the legality of abortion. In answer to a question providing three options for the extent to which abortion should be legal, about as many Americans now say the procedure should be illegal in all circumstances (23%) as say it should be legal under any circumstances (22%). This contrasts with the last four years, when Gallup found a strong tilt of public attitudes in favor of unrestricted abortion.

at the link above, there is a lot more information as well as pretty charts.

“shut up!” they argued

“shut up” is never a good argument.