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(Dallas News)   Leftist viral totem-figure Wendy Davis was opposed to a new tollway until the trimester where her law firm was hired by the tollway   (dallasnews.com) divider line 130
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2014-04-15 09:08:35 AM
You're trying too hard subby. You'll get over it
 
2014-04-15 09:16:42 AM
eat a dick, submitter

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-15 09:19:30 AM

Peter von Nostrand: You're trying too hard subby. You'll get over it


back it down a little bit.  you're trying to fit all the insanity into one headlines.  spread it out a little bit.
 
2014-04-15 09:20:56 AM

ManateeGag: Peter von Nostrand: You're trying too hard subby. You'll get over it

back it down a little bit.  you're trying to fit all the insanity into one headlines.  spread it out a little bit.


oopps..meant this to be aimed at subby, not you, Peter....my bad.
 
2014-04-15 09:21:32 AM

ManateeGag: oopps..meant this to be aimed at subby, not you, Peter....my bad.


don't worry, someone will be in here soon to be like "haha guys i was jk, this is how you get greenlights! my greenlights!"
 
2014-04-15 09:25:45 AM
I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.
 
2014-04-15 09:27:01 AM
Ok, well that was probably inappropriate then.  Kinda mild as far as scandals go though.  Big ol' meh.
 
2014-04-15 09:28:05 AM
Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.
 
2014-04-15 09:37:35 AM
While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.
 
2014-04-15 09:46:52 AM

Jackson Herring: don't worry, someone will be in here soon to be like "haha guys i was jk, this is how you get greenlights! my greenlights!"


I would never do that. I tend to just go off on politicians in headlines.

/this isn't one of mine
//I don't troll....normally
 
2014-04-15 09:51:39 AM
I supported what Wendy did in the Texas legislature, because sometimes you really do need to put on a show to draw attention to a matter, but she was definitely using it as a platform to launch her political career. It was probably always her intent to do something like this, she's in politics so attention whoring is the name of the game.

This kind of under the covers deal stuff doesn't surprise me at all.  She's not a dyed in the wool saint, she's a Democrat AND a lawyer. I've been following her on Facebook but removed her recently because she decided it was a good idea to spam her FB account with selfies. Ugh.

Anyone thinking this is the next Elizabeth Warren can forget it.
 
2014-04-15 09:55:02 AM
The GOP is certainly not scared of Wendy Davis, nosiree. They're definitely not stooling their pants like Ted Nugent in front of the draft board at the idea of her winning the election and becoming Texas' next governor, or even putting up enough of a fight that they'll actually have to put forth an effort to keep Texas instead of simply winning the default victory they were originally expecting.

Their decision to make hay of her acting like a politician has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any fear of this strong liberal woman, because they're totally not afraid of her.
 
2014-04-15 09:56:16 AM
This pulchritudinous, effulgent, tenacious liberal firebrand has you cons quaking in your boots.
 
2014-04-15 09:56:29 AM
I do not give a shiat.
 
2014-04-15 09:58:56 AM

sigdiamond2000: This pulchritudinous, effulgent, tenacious liberal firebrand has you cons quaking in your boots.


You lost me at This.
 
2014-04-15 10:05:52 AM

bdub77: Anyone thinking this is the next Elizabeth Warren can forget it.


This.

Going initially by the near-worshipful reaction to Warren when she came on the scene, I initially figured she was just another smooth talking empty suit who would go full-DC-insider hack within three months of taking office - but while I will rarely agree with her, she hasn't been a phony and spares us the bullshiat theatrics and appeals to emotion.

But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.
 
2014-04-15 10:15:31 AM

Gulper Eel: if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois.


That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?
 
2014-04-15 10:15:56 AM
Eh.
 
2014-04-15 10:19:09 AM

Gulper Eel: bdub77: Anyone thinking this is the next Elizabeth Warren can forget it.

This.

Going initially by the near-worshipful reaction to Warren when she came on the scene, I initially figured she was just another smooth talking empty suit who would go full-DC-insider hack within three months of taking office - but while I will rarely agree with her, she hasn't been a phony and spares us the bullshiat theatrics and appeals to emotion.

But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.


Excuse me, but would you care to elaborate on this point?

/We have no real choice?
 
2014-04-15 10:21:21 AM

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


It does, doesn't it?  The right wing is getting some better writers finally.

King Something: They're definitely not stooling their pants like Ted Nugent in front of the draft board at the idea of her winning the election and becoming Texas' next governor, or even putting up enough of a fight that they'll actually have to put forth an effort to keep Texas instead of simply winning the default victory they were originally expecting.


What's all this about Ted Nugent being a pants-sh*tting draft dodger?
 
2014-04-15 10:23:41 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.


She's still better than Abbott.
 
2014-04-15 10:29:58 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excuse me, but would you care to elaborate on this point?

/We have no real choice?


Feinstein and Pelosi come to mind, they balance any good stuff they do out with corrupt crap I can't stand. Then consider where the big Democratic lobbyist money comes from, stuff like the MPAA and RIAA.
 
2014-04-15 10:34:05 AM

Peter von Nostrand: She's still better than Abbott.


When your "vote for the lesser of two evils" choices are Azathoth or Astoria, I'm voting Astoria every time.
 
2014-04-15 10:34:19 AM
Let me know when she uses war as a reason to boost her bottom line.  Until then, small potatoes.
 
2014-04-15 10:34:24 AM

bdub77: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excuse me, but would you care to elaborate on this point?

/We have no real choice?

Feinstein and Pelosi come to mind, they balance any good stuff they do out with corrupt crap I can't stand. Then consider where the big Democratic lobbyist money comes from, stuff like the MPAA and RIAA.


Pelosi? Really?

/we're still harping on Pelosi?
//Feinstein's a tool who lost my vote long ago, but Pelosi?
 
2014-04-15 10:36:17 AM

Dr Dreidel: That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?


I preferred Huntsman (UT) in 2012 and wound up voting for Gary Johnson (NM). This time around I'm willing to hear out Sanders (VT) and Schweitzer (MT) from the Democrats and so far only Jindal (LA) from the Republicans.

Hillary counts as a hideous NY/IL/DC mutant. Avert ye thine eyes.
 
2014-04-15 10:37:26 AM

RedPhoenix122: Let me know when she uses war as a reason to boost her bottom line.  Until then, small potatoes.


She's running for governor, so unless she's planning on invading Oklahoma the war issue isn't strictly relevant.
 
2014-04-15 10:38:46 AM
factoryconnection:
What's all this about Ted Nugent being a pants-sh*tting draft dodger?

He told some magazine years ago that he shiat his pants, among other disgusting things, to get out of the draft.  He has since denied it, claiming it was a joke.
 
2014-04-15 10:44:15 AM
haha yes it is funny because submitter said something incredibly stupid and we made fun of him for it

priceless! liberals are mad!
 
2014-04-15 10:44:41 AM
This is all they've got?

Those losers are doomed.
 
2014-04-15 10:48:47 AM

Marcus Aurelius: This is all they've got?

Those losers are doomed.


priceless

PRICELESS!
 
2014-04-15 10:55:28 AM

Jackson Herring: ManateeGag: oopps..meant this to be aimed at subby, not you, Peter....my bad.

don't worry, someone will be in here soon to be like "haha guys i was jk, this is how you get greenlights! my greenlights!"


SATIRE!
 
2014-04-15 10:55:52 AM

nekom: factoryconnection:
What's all this about Ted Nugent being a pants-sh*tting draft dodger?

He told some magazine years ago that he shiat his pants, among other disgusting things, to get out of the draft.  He has since denied it, claiming it was a joke.



He said it in two interviews, iirc.

Also, he adopted a 17 year old girl so he could f*ck her whenever he wanted.
 
2014-04-15 10:56:04 AM

Gulper Eel: Dr Dreidel: That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?

I preferred Huntsman (UT) in 2012 and wound up voting for Gary Johnson (NM). This time around I'm willing to hear out Sanders (VT) and Schweitzer (MT) from the Democrats and so far only Jindal (LA) from the Republicans.


Interesting. The mention of Sanders surprises me, but pleasantly - and that you'd mention Jindal in the same breath is puzzling. Jindal is not too bright (as a general executive. I hear he's great in "his" areas, apart from exorcism, and I'm not even bagging on him), and way too GOP-heavy (compared with Sanders, who is all too happy to lambaste the Big Corporate Democrats).

Hillary counts as a hideous NY/IL/DC mutant. Avert ye thine eyes.

Hey! I live in DC; there but for the grace of ...politics? goes I.

// NJ/DC mutant
// somewhat literal, if you know NJ, and I turned out just potato
 
2014-04-15 11:00:31 AM
SO VOTE REPUBLICAN
 
2014-04-15 11:01:23 AM
Wendy is having a BBQ with Willie Nelson performing, Abbott campaigned with Ted Nugent. Easy choice, I'll go with Wendy.
 
2014-04-15 11:02:19 AM
Leftist viral totem-figure Wendy Davis

This has the potential to become the political version of "Poorly tattooed Asian MySpace dwarf slut Tila Tequila".  Needs a more blatant abortion reference though.
 
2014-04-15 11:04:43 AM

Therion: Peter von Nostrand: She's still better than Abbott.

When your "vote for the lesser of two evils" choices are Azathoth or Astoria, I'm voting Astoria every time.


She may not be as good as Warren, I will certainly give the up thread commenters that but that doesn't mean she's Rick Perry or Abbott in a dress either.
 
2014-04-15 11:06:12 AM
"As state senator, Davis voted on bills that aided clients"

Shocking!

Next thing you will tell me is that Senators voted on bills that aided campaign donors!

>clutches peals<
 
2014-04-15 11:10:36 AM
That headline sure needs to be aborted.
 
2014-04-15 11:13:31 AM

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


Leftist and the Viral Totem-Figures would be a good band name.
 
2014-04-15 11:14:04 AM
When Do Teenagers Die?

Adults Eat Teenagers Alive,

No Record Of Their Death.

Father Son Image, Not Gods.

Every Man Born Of Woman.

Ron Paul 2008
 
2014-04-15 11:16:09 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: Leftist viral totem-figure Wendy Davis

This has the potential to become the political version of "Poorly tattooed Asian MySpace dwarf slut Tila Tequila".  Needs a more blatant abortion reference though.


That's what the "trimester" comment was for.

/not subby, because I'm not that stupid
 
2014-04-15 11:19:58 AM
This will surely be the scandal that brings Wendy Davis to her knees.
 
2014-04-15 11:21:38 AM
Id hit it
 
2014-04-15 11:22:18 AM

upload.wikimedia.org


That's adorable, kid. Call me when you can use America's military might to privatize entire nation-states.

 
2014-04-15 11:22:20 AM
"Yeah, my adviser said women can't think good, but Wendy Davis once voted for something that benefited her law firm."
 
2014-04-15 11:24:46 AM

Gulper Eel: Dr Dreidel: That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?

I preferred Huntsman (UT) in 2012 and wound up voting for Gary Johnson (NM). This time around I'm willing to hear out Sanders (VT) and Schweitzer (MT) from the Democrats and so far only Jindal (LA) from the Republicans.

Hillary counts as a hideous NY/IL/DC mutant. Avert ye thine eyes.


FYI Sanders isn't a democrat and is a self described democratic socialist.
 
2014-04-15 11:28:37 AM
Well shiat, last time I checked the Libertarians didn't have a candidate yet.  Now apparently it's this guy?  Looks like I'm writing in Batman again.
 
2014-04-15 11:29:09 AM

Jackson Herring: eat a dick, submitter

[i.imgur.com image 480x373]


images.ezgif.com
 
2014-04-15 11:31:39 AM

serial_crusher: Well shiat, last time I checked the Libertarians didn't have a candidate yet.  Now apparently it's this guy?  Looks like I'm writing in Batman again.


Batman? Way to be a fascist.
 
2014-04-15 11:32:11 AM

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


I for one welcome our peyote-chewing neuromancer meme-shaman overlords.

"Na'ate Silvurr Jorgh Tahkai Ia Ia Abrams whar'gharbl fhtagn!"
 
2014-04-15 11:39:33 AM

sigdiamond2000: This pulchritudinous, effulgent, tenacious liberal firebrand has you cons quaking in your boots.


i.dailymail.co.uk

It's the legs.
 
2014-04-15 11:39:41 AM

serial_crusher: Well shiat, last time I checked the Libertarians didn't have a candidate yet.  Now apparently it's this guy?


Never heard of him.

serial_crusher: Looks like I'm writing in Batman again.


I'm thinking of just staying out of it for the first time in 32 years.
 
2014-04-15 11:40:14 AM
Meh.
 
2014-04-15 11:42:25 AM
Was it just me, or was that article pretty horribly written?

I didn't have time to draw my own flow-charts, but I didn't see anything where she changed position? Other than setting it up to make sure her law firm counted as "minority owned"?
 
2014-04-15 11:45:30 AM

Dancin_In_Anson: serial_crusher: Well shiat, last time I checked the Libertarians didn't have a candidate yet.  Now apparently it's this guy?

Never heard of him.

serial_crusher: Looks like I'm writing in Batman again.

I'm thinking of just staying out of it for the first time in 32 years.


I'm just thrilled Perry's gone. Hope we don't get stuck with Abbott, but the smart money says that's what's going to happen.
 
2014-04-15 11:47:20 AM
Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.
 
2014-04-15 11:49:45 AM

Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.


She's their leftist-viral-totem-figure.  Those things are always trouble.  Remember what that totem did to the Brady Bunch in Hawaii?
 
2014-04-15 11:50:22 AM

Communist_Manifesto: Gulper Eel: Dr Dreidel: That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?

I preferred Huntsman (UT) in 2012 and wound up voting for Gary Johnson (NM). This time around I'm willing to hear out Sanders (VT) and Schweitzer (MT) from the Democrats and so far only Jindal (LA) from the Republicans.

Hillary counts as a hideous NY/IL/DC mutant. Avert ye thine eyes.

FYI Sanders isn't a democrat and is a self described democratic socialist.


His official party affiliation isn't with the Democrats, though he's caucused with them his entire Senate career and he's not going to run as a Republican.
 
2014-04-15 11:50:37 AM
Wendy Davis did one good thing, and that was really it, and people are shocked to learn a lawyer turned politician is corrupt?
 
2014-04-15 11:52:29 AM

Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.


Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..
 
2014-04-15 11:52:53 AM
Why are conservatives scared of a strong liberal woman?
 
2014-04-15 11:53:57 AM

Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.


Try not to have a rage seizure and stroke out.
 
2014-04-15 11:54:35 AM
I guess she knew which side her bread was buttered on.
 
2014-04-15 11:54:43 AM

Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.



There goes that conservative outreach to women. As predictable as cow sh*t, and made of the same stuff.
 
2014-04-15 11:56:24 AM

ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..


She said she got divorced when she only separated from her husband!
 
2014-04-15 11:59:18 AM

kronicfeld: ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..

She said she got divorced when she only separated from her husband!


Oh my, where is my fainting couch?  Do you have any smelling salts to revive after hearing this news?
 
2014-04-15 12:00:48 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.


Okay, now on this I'll agree with you.
 
2014-04-15 12:02:30 PM

Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.


machoprogrammer: Wendy Davis did one good thing, and that was really it, and people are shocked to learn a lawyer turned politician is corrupt?

If you both think this article proves corruption, you must truly be terrified of her.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-04-15 12:03:42 PM
Wow.  Call out someone on "your side" for doing this and I'll then take you seriously.

Otherwise you're just another asshole hypocrite.
 
2014-04-15 12:04:08 PM

ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..


Do whores really have to lie?  I mean, yeah.  They get paid to be whatever they're supposed to be, but that's more acting than lying.  So, really, are we saying that Judi Dench is a lying whore?  Because, that makes me hot.
 
2014-04-15 12:04:36 PM

bdub77: This kind of under the covers deal stuff doesn't surprise me at all.  She's not a dyed in the wool saint, she's a Democrat AND a lawyer. I've been following her on Facebook but removed her recently because she decided it was a good idea to spam her FB account with selfies. Ugh.


OMG! Selfies? On Facebook! How gauche!

This woman isn't fit to be seen in public!

Next you'll tell me she Tweets pictures of her kids!
 
2014-04-15 12:04:37 PM

James!: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Try not to have a rage seizure and stroke out.


Disagree. We would all be better off if he did stroke out.
 
2014-04-15 12:07:22 PM

mrshowrules: If you both think this article proves corruption, you must truly be terrified of her.


If you think staggeringly obvious conflicts of interest are mere inconveniences obstructing the greater goal of accumulating personal power, you must truly be ears-deep in the kool-aid.
 
2014-04-15 12:09:37 PM
static.giantbomb.com
 
2014-04-15 12:10:58 PM
Is this the thread of the week where we discuss how it's okay to work for a client you're personally opposed to?

/totally going to vote for the misogynist corporate lackey Rick Perry clone now
 
2014-04-15 12:13:38 PM

tnpir: Okay, now on this I'll agree with you.


Careful now...someone else took great umbrage at my comment. I'd hate to see you have to endure his wrath.
 
2014-04-15 12:15:02 PM

Rapmaster2000: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

She's their leftist-viral-totem-figure.  Those things are always trouble.  Remember what that totem did to the Brady Bunch in Hawaii?


... oh god, I would donate to Wendy Davis if her campaign commercials ended with the tiki curse stinger. "DANANANAAA!"
 
2014-04-15 12:16:30 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: tnpir: Okay, now on this I'll agree with you.

Careful now...someone else took great umbrage at my comment. I'd hate to see you have to endure his wrath.


Meh. Politically, you and I agree on almost nothing. However, I've lived in Texas long enough to know your statement about the inherent corruption of Texas politicians is spot on, regardless of party.

Everything is bigger in Texas, especially the political asswipes.
 
2014-04-15 12:19:05 PM
Yeah, it's skeevy. It's also the type of prevalent skeevy that absolutely permeates Texas and most American politics. I'd love it if Davis didn't have that appearance of impropriety. I would love it if those conflicts of interest were explicitly illegal. I would love it if we enforced ethics with our elected officials.

We don't, and she's in no way worse in this matter than anyone she's running against, and her policies are far more in line with my beliefs and the idea that women aren't chattel than her opponent's. Yeah, I'll take the skeeviness on the chin if it means she has a chance in the election and isn't completely farked because her taking the higher ground relegated her to the vaunted realm of a pure but hopeless campaign.
 
2014-04-15 12:19:25 PM
There's a reason they say brevity is the soul of wit, subby...
 
2014-04-15 12:19:27 PM

Gulper Eel: RedPhoenix122: Let me know when she uses war as a reason to boost her bottom line.  Until then, small potatoes.

She's running for governor, so unless she's planning on invading Oklahoma the war issue isn't strictly relevant.



For Texans, not only is that not be a dealbreaker, it could seal the deal.

Texas Conservative: There's no way I'll ever vote for that liberal Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis: Elect me and I promise to nuke Oklahoma from orbit, just to be sure.
Texas Conservative: I'm listening.

/Texan
//voting for Davis
///even if she decides to let Oklahoma continue to exist...for now.
 
2014-04-15 12:20:25 PM

mrshowrules: Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.

machoprogrammer: Wendy Davis did one good thing, and that was really it, and people are shocked to learn a lawyer turned politician is corrupt?

If you both think this article proves corruption, you must truly be terrified of her.


I actually didn't read the article and don't care about her one way or another.
 
2014-04-15 12:23:12 PM

tnpir: However, I've lived in Texas long enough to know your statement about the inherent corruption of Texas politicians is spot on, regardless of party.


Always has been run by crooks and thieves and always will.
 
2014-04-15 12:28:19 PM

Nemo's Brother: Total Fark lefties


Again with disregard for the liters.  Are you ever going to acknowledge their existence?
 
2014-04-15 12:29:03 PM
It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they come from, all people from Texas are liars and scumbags.
 
2014-04-15 12:31:03 PM

Dancin_In_Anson: tnpir: However, I've lived in Texas long enough to know your statement about the inherent corruption of Texas politicians is spot on, regardless of party.

Always has been run by crooks and thieves and always will.


The Texas State Bar (and any other states as well) could step in and make it an ethical problem for attorneys serving as legislators to get involved in legislation that directly benefits clients if they continue to practice law while serving in the legislature. I find that sort of thing doesn't pass the smell test. I think a lawyer should be paid to advocate in the courts, not to be a hired gun in the legislature.
 
2014-04-15 12:31:16 PM

rosebud_the_sled: It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they come from, all people from Texas are liars and scumbags.


What if they've got a window seat?
 
2014-04-15 12:32:06 PM
It appears she did not violate any of Texas' mostly non-existent ethics laws. Just another sleazy politician from that state doing what they do and a funny headline that got some farklibs pinching another loaf. Good stuff.
 
2014-04-15 12:33:04 PM

Bloody William: I would love it if those conflicts of interest were explicitly illegal. I would love it if we enforced ethics with our elected officials.


The enforcement of that scheme is its undoing.

People have baggage. You elect that baggage just as surely as you elect the person - which is why getting that "baggage" out in the open during the campaign is important (often shiatty, but sometimes important).

What's the alternative? "A bill to sell State Route 123 between Foxtail and Beaver Scrotum to MoneySchemes, Inc, for a hot pastrami sandwich and some 'toll money' they totes promise to pay us" can't get voted on by anyone who lives, works, or owns a business (historically, too - was Wendy working for that law firm when the bill was debated/passed?) anywhere along that part of SR123, anyone who's ever made a dime from MoneySchemes, deli owners, people with stakes in other transpo (or road-maintenance, or planning, etc) companies, (possibly people in financial-management companies, as they'd be processing the payments from MoneySchemes to the State) and anyone who has ever been registered as a lobbyist for any of that?

Nah, best to let the legislators vote on bills, and any overt impropriety - like accepting bribes - gets you canned.

// as in literally "in jail", even if you let a cop tear up a $10 parking violation
// sunlight, not weed-killer
 
2014-04-15 12:34:36 PM

Nabb1: The Texas State Bar (and any other states as well) could step in and make it an ethical problem for attorneys serving as legislators to get involved in legislation that directly benefits clients if they continue to practice law while serving in the legislature


Well bless your heart.
 
2014-04-15 12:34:38 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.

She's still better than Abbott.


Talk about "Damned with faint praise".  Isn't almost anyone better than that hypocrite? He help push through tort reform after he got a multi million dollar settlement for his injury. He got his, but he would be damned if anyone else should get theirs.
 
2014-04-15 12:36:59 PM
Bloody William:

... oh god, I would donate to Wendy Davis if her campaign commercials ended with the tiki curse stinger. "DANANANAAA!"

So would I, and I don't even live in Texas!
 
2014-04-15 12:37:48 PM

ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..


He's just blowing off steam. Davis reminds him of his mom.
 
2014-04-15 12:43:07 PM

sdd2000: Peter von Nostrand: Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.

She's still better than Abbott.

Talk about "Damned with faint praise".  Isn't almost anyone better than that hypocrite? He help push through tort reform after he got a multi million dollar settlement for his injury. He got his, but he would be damned if anyone else should get theirs.


Yep but that's the choice we have. No one is perfect
 
2014-04-15 12:43:07 PM

rosebud_the_sled: It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they come from, all people from Texas are liars and scumbags.


Right backatcha, buddy.

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2014-04-15 12:46:14 PM

qorkfiend: Communist_Manifesto: Gulper Eel: Dr Dreidel: That tells me you're either voting Warren (MA) or Santorum (PA) - or Clinton (AR? Or would you go with her ancestral homelands in IL or most recent residence in NY to make her ineligible)?

I preferred Huntsman (UT) in 2012 and wound up voting for Gary Johnson (NM). This time around I'm willing to hear out Sanders (VT) and Schweitzer (MT) from the Democrats and so far only Jindal (LA) from the Republicans.

Hillary counts as a hideous NY/IL/DC mutant. Avert ye thine eyes.

FYI Sanders isn't a democrat and is a self described democratic socialist.

His official party affiliation isn't with the Democrats, though he's caucused with them his entire Senate career and he's not going to run as a Republican.


I'm very aware of that. Still means he doesn't get invited to the debates, doesn't get any leadership positions etc. Also means he doesn't have to spend all of his time groveling for money to give to the DNC so it's not all bad.
 
2014-04-15 12:48:07 PM

ox45tallboy: bdub77: This kind of under the covers deal stuff doesn't surprise me at all.  She's not a dyed in the wool saint, she's a Democrat AND a lawyer. I've been following her on Facebook but removed her recently because she decided it was a good idea to spam her FB account with selfies. Ugh.

OMG! Selfies? On Facebook! How gauche!

This woman isn't fit to be seen in public!

Next you'll tell me she Tweets pictures of her kids!


People are welcome to do whatever they want, I don't really care. I'm just not into that whole scene and I was getting tired of these kinds of things spamming the feed.
 
2014-04-15 12:53:17 PM
Does FARK have an award for the most derptastic headline?

If not, it should be made for this one.
 
2014-04-15 12:55:43 PM

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


That's the name of my band.
 
2014-04-15 01:06:57 PM
Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?
 
2014-04-15 01:12:06 PM

Hickory-smoked: Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?



The single-issue derpers have been farking that chicken since 1973, and the GOP has been suckering votes out of them with all along.
 
2014-04-15 01:24:26 PM

ladodger34: Nemo's Brother: Wendy Davis is a lying whore.  Only the most derpie of Total Fark lefties don't realize that.

Please elaborate your statement for us.  Help us realize her lying whoredom..



Well there was that time she said she was 18, but she was really 19.
 
2014-04-15 01:34:51 PM
I don't know why the Dallas Morning News is so afraid of Wendy Davis. She, unfortunately, isn't going to win.
 
2014-04-15 01:47:00 PM

Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.


They are?
 
2014-04-15 01:58:03 PM

Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.


According to you, they are more corrupt than other states because...um...they have large populations?  Because you say so?
 
2014-04-15 01:59:01 PM
Huh, wendy davis thread? Wonder whats going on in there.....
Baitapaloooza!
 
2014-04-15 02:04:33 PM

grumpfuff: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

They are?


I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.
 
2014-04-15 02:06:11 PM

Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.


I'll admit I'm a bit taken aback by this level of snarling and gnashing of teeth in defense of such blatant quid-pro-quo corruption.   And they aren't the least bit ashamed of it either.
 
2014-04-15 02:07:57 PM

Geotpf: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

According to you, they are more corrupt than other states because...um...they have large populations?  Because you say so?


I've showed him that link I posted a dozen times. He never seems to want to talk about it for some strange reason.
 
2014-04-15 02:09:17 PM

Geotpf: grumpfuff: Gulper Eel: But Davis? Just another creature of weasel-state politics - if you're keeping score at home, the weasel states are the ones where voters have no real choice for ethical government. In no particular order they are: Texas, Florida, California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. Do yourselves a favor and don't send anybody from those states to higher office. They do enough damage at home.

They are?

I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.


This is the part where I post a study that finds Polish people aren't actually stupid.
 
2014-04-15 02:24:01 PM

GoldSpider: Gulper Eel: Sure as the sunrise, here comes the reflexive spittle-flecked fact-free defense of legalized corruption.

I'll admit I'm a bit taken aback by this level of snarling and gnashing of teeth in defense of such blatant quid-pro-quo corruption.   And they aren't the least bit ashamed of it either.


She voted to cap exorbitant NTTA fees and eliminate their first right of refusal for new projects, and her law firm was later one of six hired to pursue the 7,500 people that held the highest unpaid balances. Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?

/being a Texas legislator, she's almost assuredly involved in fishy deals
//this doesn't appear to be one
///Wow. Such bribe. So corruption.
 
2014-04-15 02:25:49 PM
There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.
 
2014-04-15 02:27:10 PM

Geotpf: I dunno, any scorecard that shows New Jersey as the least corrupt state in the union seems questionable.


So long as you start with the conclusion and work back toward the premise, I don't think we can find any fault in your claim.

// there are a LOT of people in NJ (densest state in the country) - lots of eyes, lots of reporters (and reportage), and general attention (being so close to NY)
// comparatively, how much shenaniganry do you think state-level folks in the backwaters of states like Louisiana get into?
 
2014-04-15 02:28:16 PM

bdub77: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Excuse me, but would you care to elaborate on this point?

/We have no real choice?

Feinstein and Pelosi come to mind, they balance any good stuff they do out with corrupt crap I can't stand. Then consider where the big Democratic lobbyist money comes from, stuff like the MPAA and RIAA.


RIAA and MPAA give to both parties in pretty close to equal measure actually. They used to give mostly to Democrats, but that changed in 2000. Heck, in 2006, the RIAA's biggest year for giving money, they gave way way more to Republicans. The MPAA gives to both as well, but certainly leans more towards Democrats.
 
2014-04-15 02:31:01 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: She voted to cap exorbitant NTTA fees and eliminate their first right of refusal for new projects, and her law firm was later one of six hired to pursue the 7,500 people that held the highest unpaid balances. Where's the quid-pro-quo conflict of interest in that?


FTFM.

"And under the state's relatively loose ethics laws, few lawmakers recuse themselves from legislation affecting their livelihoods."

Yup, Texas.

"I have never done anything in a way that represents a conflict in my voting and something that would benefit me personally," Davis said in an interview.

Indeed, the idea that her steering government contracts to her law firm might benefit her personally is patently absurd.
 
2014-04-15 02:32:27 PM

s2s2s2: There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.


Corruption's not okay, but there's as much evidence for it in the headline as the article, unless you'd care to explain exactly why and how Davis' votes regarding the NTTA were unethical. That said, where's the Perry thread? He's currently actually under investigation for ethics violations.
 
2014-04-15 02:36:44 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?


On further review (per the timeline at the bottom of the article) there certainly appears to be a quid-pro-quo with the North Texas Tollway Authority:  "Support our version of the bill and we'll give you one of the federal contracts."
 
2014-04-15 02:40:52 PM

give me doughnuts: Hickory-smoked: Has she done anything truly "leftist" aside from fight for abortion rights? Is that all it takes down there?

The single-issue derpers have been farking that chicken since 1973, and the GOP has been suckering votes out of them with all along.


Davis pulled in plenty of her own single issue voters with that one.  It's every politician's old standby.
 
2014-04-15 02:44:07 PM

GoldSpider: UrukHaiGuyz: Where's the quid-pro-quo in that?

On further review (per the timeline at the bottom of the article) there certainly appears to be a quid-pro-quo with the North Texas Tollway Authority:  "Support our version of the bill and we'll give you one of the federal contracts."


It's a pretty weak connection, much more so than the article tries to implicate. I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.
 
2014-04-15 02:44:47 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: s2s2s2: There is some really badly written and transparent "it's ok when we do it" in this thread.

Corruption's not okay, but there's as much evidence for it in the headline as the article, unless you'd care to explain exactly why and how Davis' votes regarding the NTTA were unethical. That said, where's the Perry thread? He's currently actually under investigation for ethics violations.


I'm not too worried about it. I certainly would rather have Davis than her competitor. Where's the Perry thread? Start one. It would probably be the very first thread related to how bad Perry sucks. I totally mean that.
 
2014-04-15 02:48:44 PM

UrukHaiGuyz: It's a pretty weak connection, much more so than the article tries to implicate.


People here get worked up into a lather over far less when it's the other side doing this sort of thing.

UrukHaiGuyz: I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.


It continues to happen because we tolerate it, "because the other side is worse".
 
2014-04-15 03:10:22 PM
In all fairness, I read that article because it was from the Dallas Morning News and I want to give both sides a fair shake at information.

I didn't see any "scandal" in that article at all. It seems there is an accusation just implied by writing the article in general, and that's all the right-wing salivaters need.
 
2014-04-15 03:14:32 PM

GoldSpider: UrukHaiGuyz: I am perturbed by how closely business and government are intertwined, especially here in DFW, but that's not likely to change anytime soon- it's still very much a "good ol' boy's (and girl's) system, with almost no regulation on the ethical implications. Ideally she would have abstained from the vote, but this doesn't rate as a scandal, IMO.


It continues to happen because we tolerate it, "because the other side is worse".


It's kind of a chicken-and-egg problem as far as I can tell. Texas is thriving right now from its policy of bending over backwards to attract corporations at the expense of its citizens. It's a great place if you've got a well-paying job, but it's a really f*cking awful place to be less than middle class. All of this only works because our lax regulation and tax breaks help us poach jobs from other states. If the nation as a whole ever adopted Texas' policies, we'd lose our vaunted job growth in a snap.

The stranglehold the NTTA has on highway construction while public highways languish is a perfect example of how this "free market" state embodies all the worst downsides of libertarian ideals. Likewise, the firefighters that died in the West fertilizer plant explosion didn't have to- our regulation is so nonexistent that the place wasn't even required to have a goddamn sprinkler system and was storing explosive chemicals in wooden f*cking bins.

It's all a bit depressing, but the many Texas Democrats aren't any less guilty of corporate fellatio than their Republican colleagues. On the other hand, the party platform of "all regulation kills jobs" is very much a Republican tenet, so I fault them a bit more for the gross abuses of power and ethics and the complete disregard for the poor and desperate.
 
2014-04-15 03:20:53 PM

Maud Dib: rosebud_the_sled: It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they come from, all people from Texas are liars and scumbags.

Right backatcha, buddy.

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Would that be because he's a bankrupt, tax dodger, or some other reason.  Or perhaps he was just showing me the results of his proctological self-exam.
 
2014-04-15 03:52:58 PM

Peter von Nostrand: She's still better than Abbott.

 
2014-04-15 06:25:44 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Dancin_In_Anson: While this surprises me in no way shape or form (Texas politicians are all but required to be ethically challenged) the headline and the reaction are priceless.

She's still better than Abbott.


I prefer Costello.
 
2014-04-15 10:01:34 PM
No wonder the republicans have a stranglehold on Texas.  The dems there cant get out of their own way.
 
2014-04-15 10:59:01 PM

Shostie: I do like the phrase "leftist viral totem-figure."

It has a nice ring to it.


Yes. It needs a Super Hero comic book style illustration.
 
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