Perry Won't Say No To Secession

Yesterday, to gain some conservative cred and lay the foundation for support among the Texas grassroots for his 2010 re-election, Governor Rick Perry of Texas spoke to the teabaggers and during a Q&A seemed to put the secession of Texas on the table.

"Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that. My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."

When asked to clarify, Perry issued a sort of denial that he okayed secession, claiming that all he said was the "we've got a great union" part. But then when asked point blank "do you really want to secede from the union" he didn't say "no." He literally wouldn't commit to remaining a part of the United States. Gee, I wonder why.

Glenn Beck on Fox News last night:

"I don't want to be too dramatic," Van Susteren said, "but it almost seems like Texas is looking to secede from the rest of the nation." Now there were cheers, applause and banner-waving."

Beck didn't disagree. He asked the cameras to get a shot of a large banner of the Texas flag with the words, "Texas Independence" on it. That prompted what were probably the loudest, longest cheers yet.

Bragging about how well he understands Texas (because he lived there for four years), Beck said, "These people love America (more cheers). They just think Texas does America best."

Glenn Beck on his radio show yesterday:

"You can't convince me that the founding fathers wouldn't allow you to secede. The constitution is not a suicide pact. ... [States] have a right to back out."

We know who rules the Republican Party.

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Let Texas Secede

The United States of America elects Barack Obama and the first thing Texas wants to do is secede. Let 'em.

I'm sure that -- sometime, somewhere -- Texas Governor Rick Perry will claim that this isn't about the president's race, but why take the risk?  What does Texas bring to the table that America should be blackmailed into their particular version of patriotism.  If Texas doesn't want to be in the union, let them go.  F*ck 'em.  We don't need 'em.

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Sarah Palin (And) The Woman [UPDATED]

Update [2009-2-7 0:2:52 by January 20]: Uh oh, Sarah (GWP) in the Esquire Interview
Bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie annoy me.
[editor's note, by January 20] I don't tell lies, but I'll give you pathetic, anonymous & bored if you like. And Todd has been found in contempt. Now on to our diary...

Well DD'rs, over the past few months we've been treated to a raft of righteous diaries on the meaning of true feminism.  A quick reprise:

How sad that sexists fought against women's right to be president (, c.sexism.html). And sadder still is that they won-for now. Male domination (patriarchy) causes a lot of problems, but the worst is that it causes rape ( The horror of patriarchy continues because people did not vote for the candidate from the most oppressed group in the world.

 The great political lesson of this year is to support women candidates to end the horrors of patriarchy. I look forward to my next opportunity to vote for a woman! I know that it is right to vote to end male domination. 510/36#readmore

It is important to note that in order to eliminate rape it is not necessary to achieve gender equality in all spheres of life, but it's necessary that women have equal power as men overall. The key word: overall. For example women can dominate a powerful sphere and men can dominate another equally powerful sphere so that overall women and men have equal power. Currently, men dominate all three major spheres: 1) political, 2) economic and 3) social (religion, arts, media, etc.) Because of that women must strive for 50% equality in all three spheres. The result of the striving is we will eventually have 50% of the power in one sphere. At that point women may dominate that sphere and continue to make gains until the point where the sectors that men dominate will equal in power to the sectors that women dominate. Or, we have the option of 50% power across the board in all spheres. 19/379#readmore

Many times I've heard people say Gov. Palin is not qualified to be VP. I've heard this complaint more often by men. When a person sees a woman who is an excellent governor and thinks she is not even worthy of being VP then that indicates they are sexist. 12/727#readmore

I come to the point after the bump.

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All Eyes Turn To Senate Prospects In Texas

Some interesting happenings in my homestate. Promoted by Texas Nate

With former Texas Comptroller John Sharp's announcement today that he is in the race for the seat that U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is expected to abandon as early as this June to pursue her runfor governor, all eyes are turning to Texas and the prospects of Democrats  picking up another U.S. Senate seat between election cycles.

Since 2006, speculationhasmounted that Hutchison would abandon her safe senate seat to take on Governor Rick Perry in the 2010 GOP Primary for Governor. Hutchison toyed with the idea of making a similar run in 2002 and 2006 and ultimately made neither race. This time, however, she seems to be making the race for real, having formally formed an exploratory committee and populated it with a  million dollars from her bloated campaign warchest.

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Texas Mental Patients Abused, Neglected While Governor Appears Asleep At The Wheel

The troubles at Texas' facilities for the mentally retarded were starting to bubble to the surfaceduring the 80th session of the Texas Legislature. Now, thanks to this report from the Dallas Morning News, we have a full-blown scandal on our hands (yet again):

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