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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

MAYA ANGELOU (1928-2014)



TEXAS CONTINUES DRINKING THE TEA



Last night State Senator Dan Patrick (R, ESPN TX SD-7) won the Texas Republican Party's nomination for Lieutenant Governor.

The incumbent, David Dewhurst, had a very daunting task in keeping his seat in the upper chamber of the Texas Lege. As I observed back in March, Dewhurst's career is over. Dewhurst was unable to back off a challenge by now-Senator Ted Cruz (R, Denial TX) in 2012 and now in 2014 as he was unable to fight off a challenge in his right flank as represented in Patrick.

Back in April I watched the debate between then-San Antonio Mayor, now-HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Texas State Senator Dan Patrick on immigration that was moderated by Texas Tribune's Evan Smith in San Antonio. I think this debate is telling about the type of governing style Patrick will likely bring to the Texas Senate and the policies the Texas Republican Party will enact.

And if you think that just because you don't live in Texas (ahem, Colorado) and those policies will have no impact on you, read this piece about why Texas is important and how the state has had an impact on national policies.

Monday, May 26, 2014

A REAL SCANDAL



MEMORIAL DAY 2014



PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITS SERVICEMEMBERS IN AFGHANISTAN


COLBERT/MABUS

Secretary of The Navy Ray Mabus entered the ring with Stephen Colbert on Thursday Night to acknowledge Fleet Week.


Secretray Mabus spoke at the University of North Texas in December 2009. Not only did I get a picture with him, but I also got a challenge coin from him.




COLBERT/RIECKHOFF (22 May 2014)



Stephen Colbert celebrates that we finally have a real scandal to talk about but then doesn't want to talk about it.

The one person that compels him to discuss the issue surrounding the Veterans Administration is Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) founder Paul Rieckhoff.

JON STEWART: WORLD OF WARRIOR SHAFT


On the last episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart prior to a weeklong break, the host had a commentary on the current scandal surrounding the Veterans Administration.