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Scarborough Is Right About Brat

I actually agree with Joe Scarborough. Let’s slow down before we get too crazy about the causes for Eric Cantor’s defeat. I also agree with a few others on his show this morning, that the repercussions are more important than the causes.

Scarborough had a good metaphor today when he recalled a pilot once telling him that when a plane crashes it is almost never one cause. It is generally multiple causes. I covered politics long enough to know that the same goes for when a congressman loses re-election. Read more

Go Jaspers!


The Words of Dr. King

I still get a special ting in my heart on Martin Luther King Day. The first piece of journalism I did for anyone was an editorial for The Daily Texan in about 1982 supporting federal legislation that would establish it as a national holiday. So, just in honor of the day, I want to put some things in this blog:

Here are a few of my favorite things King wrote or said:

“I don’t know what will happen now… We’ve got some difficult days ahead, but it doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the moutaintop, and I don’t mind. Like any man, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place, but I’m not concerned about that now. I want to do God’s will, and he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain and I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land.”  –Bishop Charles Mason Temple, Memphis, Tenn., 1968. Read more

Mayor Parker’s Wedding Completes an Amazing Arc of LGBT History

That muffled cough and gravelly rumbling noise you heard Wednesday night had to be the sound of former-Houston Mayor Louie Welch rolling over in his grave.

Occasionally, something happens that affirms the arc of history, and something beautiful and historic happened last week when Houston’s current mayor, Annise Parker, married Kathy Hubbard on the 23rd anniversary of the day they began their lives together. Read more