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All Hat and No Cattle.
I have no ex's who live in Texas.  I do count a few friends from there, including some now or formerly posting on LJ. We adore many musicians and writers who've grown up there. I shook hands with Kinky Friedman within the past year. So I say this with the best of intentions:

Y'all need to check the water supply and the tin foil. There's weirdass shit comin' out of there.


The incumbent governor of the Lone Star State, and a declared candidate for President now serving it in the United States Senate, have bought into the notion of a deep dark conspiracy to put Texas under martial law through something called Jade Helm. Now, of course, we have the final proof of its veracity: Chuck Norris is on the case.

“If you haven’t heard about Operation Jade Helm 15, you need to,” says noted actor, martial artist and Internet meme Chuck Norris.

It’s a training exercise planned for this summer involving four branches of the military and seven southwest states. According to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the operation is routine (though extensive) and will have little to no impact on civilians.

But Norris, and a handful of of other conspiracy-minded critics of President Barack Obama, don’t buy it. And Norris doesn’t think you should either.

“The U.S. government says, ‘It’s just a training exercise.’ But I’m not sure the term ‘just’ has any reference to reality when the government uses it,” Norris wrote in his column for the conservative Web site WorldNetDaily Monday.

“It’s neither over-reactionary nor conspiratorial to call into question or ask for transparency about Jade Helm 15 or any other government activity,” he continued. “To those who merely think we should check our brains at the door of the White House and trust what the government does, I would reiterate to you the words of one of our government’s primary founders, Benjamin Franklin, who said, ‘Distrust and caution are the parents of security.'”

....In his column, Norris doesn’t claim outright that Jade Helm 15 is really a cover-up for a military takeover. But he does believe there’s more to the operation than officials have admitted.

Why they didn't just send Norris to repel the Union Army single-handedly is beyond me, but Guv Greg "Hey" Abbott was concerned enough to activate the Texas State Guard to keep an eye on things over this weekend. This was followed by Texas U.S. Senator Rafael "T-eh-d" Cruz (R-Canada) lending his support to keeping a watchful eye on what the Kenyan Marxist Socialist occupying the White House might be planning. He was even quoted (admittedly in a different, but just as recent, context) telling a campaign audience, "Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you."

This would be funny if it didn't have me scared shitless.


Then there are other stories, just as sad and scary, coming out of Texas. Where to begin?

The one with the most coverage, and biggest tragedy, was the ISIS attack on a Texas town's art show. But this is not the annual juried exhibition at your nearest major gallery, but rather a premeditated shouting of FIRE, YOU MUSLIM FUCKERS in a crowded public place that got exactly the intended reaction. As the always reliable Rude Pundit explained it (most of the gratuitous profanity deleted):

The American Freedom Defense Initiative....sponsored the event yesterday, the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, and it was organized by founder Pamela Geller. Geller, you might remember, has made a career of being the craziest Muslim-hater of them all. If you say you hate Muslims so much you'd cut off your finger to prove it, she'd've already cut off her arm to one-up you. The "art" show was, she said, a celebration of the First Amendment right to free expression, with a $10,000 prize going to the person who drew the bestest Muhammad cartoon of all.

Obviously, Geller saw how people loved French magazine Charlie Hebdo after its staff got brutally attacked by Muslim extremists for their cartoon depictions of Muhammad and thought, "I can do that, too, but stupidly and with bullshit justification for myself." Actually, at a meeting to discuss if the CCC should be used for the event, Garland resident Mary Ehlenfeldt said, "So some lady wants to be stupid and say, ‘I’m going to show everybody what hate is.’ That is what our Constitution says she has a right to do." The CCC had to allow the event by the ISD's nondiscrimination policy, just as it had a previous event, "Stand With the Prophet in Honor and Respect," as well as her group's event in January. The two are not remotely analogous, despite Geller's attempts to make them so. It'd be like saying a KKK rally is a rational response to a gospel concert.

Less-covered stories I saw just today include a Texas House member (a guy- go figure!) who introduced an Amendment of Crazy to an anti-abortion bill that would require women past 20 weeks to carry even a non-viable fetus to term as a form of penance: fetuses, he said, “are going to suffer, they’re going to feel pain.... That's part of the human condition, when sin entered the world, and it grieves us all.”

And, lest the kids get left out, we have a Texas high school which adopted an abstinence-only sex ed curriculum and now has a major chlamydia outbreak on its hands. (Well, more to the south of the hands.) Such stories always remind me of the dark ages in which I was taught sex ed in high school, where, pressed for clinical details, our health teacher would always blush and stammer back, "Um, use your imagination."

Now it's forty years later, and even I could not have imagined that we'd get as medieval as all of THIS.
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oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: May 6th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just watching all of it is enough to drive me crazy. (crazier?)

And, then, when I stop to think abut all of this insanity, I get angry because it feels like no one really manages to shut it down.
yesididit From: yesididit Date: May 7th, 2015 12:54 am (UTC) (Link)
ugh, women are not breeding machines. our bodies and our health (including mental health) is more important than any damn fetus we carry. because without us women, HELLO! NO FETUSES EVER! people need to stop trying to treat women as nothing more than sperm incubators with fetuses having more rights than we do over our own freaking bodies.

*dies laughing* at the std outbreak. honestly, what did they think would happen?!!? preaching abstinence-only has never worked. now... if only it were the idiot adults who taught the abstinence-only sex ed who got the stds, then justice would have been served. bit sad that uninformed teenagers had to suffer instead because of the righteousness of the adults.
angledge From: angledge Date: May 7th, 2015 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)
SOO glad we have escaped. Texas is embarrassing.
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