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(Kera News)   Texas gov Abbott: Why should we include power grid reform in our special legislative session? Our grid failure only killed 200 people in February. We have more important laws to pass, like erasing history, and preventing "those people" from voting   (keranews.org) divider line
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6 days ago  
I guess disenfranchising voters and making public education and the power grid worse is a re-election strategy, but someone with a plan to make Texas a nicer place to live might also have a decent chance in the next election. Not every voter in Texas is a racist asshole. I've been there and met some nice people.
 
6 days ago  
"This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"
 
6 days ago  

hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"


You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?
 
5 days ago  

phalamir: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?


Hey, if they get excited about black clay, that's they own damn business. I'm not here to kink shame. Well, except maybe for Furries. That's perhaps my issue though, because Furries creep me out, but if someone gets off on black clay, that's on them.
 
5 days ago  
Just send this to all those assholes (AOC raises $5 million for Texas). Over and over again until their heads explode.
 
5 days ago  

aaronx: I guess disenfranchising voters and making public education and the power grid worse is a re-election strategy, but someone with a plan to make Texas a nicer place to live might also have a decent chance in the next election. Not every voter in Texas is a racist asshole. I've been there and met some nice people.


Would Beto stand a chance?
 
5 days ago  
Knowing the competency of the Texas Legislature, if they chose to address power grid reform they would probably make it worse.
 
5 days ago  
Need a new version of that person putting a bar through his bike wheel meme and replace it with a person in a wheelchair doing it.  Probably need to add a tree in a yellow jacket rubbing its hands while standing behind another tree.
 
5 days ago  

hubiestubert: phalamir: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?

Hey, if they get excited about black clay, that's they own damn business. I'm not here to kink shame. Well, except maybe for Furries. That's perhaps my issue though, because Furries creep me out, but if someone gets off on black clay, that's on them.


You leave Matty alone you son of a biatch.
 
5 days ago  

hubiestubert: phalamir: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?

Hey, if they get excited about black clay, that's they own damn business. I'm not here to kink shame. Well, except maybe for Furries. That's perhaps my issue though, because Furries creep me out, but if someone gets off on black clay, that's on them.


Read that as "Black Clay" and had this vision of the most popular African-American dude in Texas
 
5 days ago  
When you look at the things going on in states like Texas, it makes one wonder where we'll even be in 3 years.

At this point, I'd almost expect the country to completely Balkanize into red vs blue, or worse, devolve into anarchy.  When you see the sh*t that the Republicans are willing to pull, either looks completely possible.
 
5 days ago  

Kubo: Just send this to all those assholes (AOC raises $5 million for Texas). Over and over again until their heads explode.


They just get offended by that. "She thinks she can buy us off with her filthy socialist money? Fark AOC, Texans would rather die on their feet than live on their knees begging for handouts from the likes of her."
 
5 days ago  
Because they already passed a bill relating to the power grid in the original session. And as a benefit to ERCOT, it's completely toothless (a million dollar fine is the maximum penalty for not upgrading equipment for extreme cold).

Abbott and his ilk didn't care about people dying during the winter storm because most of them were poor. Otherwise, they would have known that if it's too cold, just hop on a plane to Cancun for a couple of days.
 
5 days ago  

hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"


It's always about color with you people.
 
5 days ago  

phalamir: Read that as "Black Clay" and had this vision of the most popular African-American dude in Texas


That dude rocks!

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5 days ago  
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5 days ago  

foo monkey: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

It's always about color with you people.


The voting bills that inspired Democratic lawmakers to leave the state are entirely in response to Republicans getting regularly crushed in elections in Houston, which is the state's largest city and has the state's highest black population. Ted Cruz's margin of victory from 2012 to 2018 shrank from 15% to 2%, And Donnie One Term's margin of victory in Texas shrank by a third from 2016 to 2020.

The Texas Republican Party is panicking.
 
5 days ago  

phalamir: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?


"I've seen what makes you cheer."
 
5 days ago  
Bidens AG should charge Abbott with 200 deaths by criminal negligence.
 
5 days ago  

Cafe Threads: phalamir: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

You do realize you just made a whole lot of Texans feel tingly in their no-no place, right?

"I've seen what makes you cheer."


Hey. Thanks!
 
5 days ago  

Glitchwerks: aaronx: I guess disenfranchising voters and making public education and the power grid worse is a re-election strategy, but someone with a plan to make Texas a nicer place to live might also have a decent chance in the next election. Not every voter in Texas is a racist asshole. I've been there and met some nice people.

Would Beto stand a chance?


Why would Texans vote for someone using a name that hides their ethnicity
 
5 days ago  

hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"


"HAVE YOU CONSIDERED USING CAPS LOCK? ARE YOU QUOTING THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD?"
 
5 days ago  

stoli n coke: foo monkey: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

It's always about color with you people.

The voting bills that inspired Democratic lawmakers to leave the state are entirely in response to Republicans getting regularly crushed in elections in Houston, which is the state's largest city and has the state's highest black population. Ted Cruz's margin of victory from 2012 to 2018 shrank from 15% to 2%, And Donnie One Term's margin of victory in Texas shrank by a third from 2016 to 2020.

The Texas Republican Party is panicking.


There's a lot of screw Harris Co. shenanigans lately.
 
5 days ago  
Don't forget about his wanting to continue building Trump's wall.
 
5 days ago  
Shine one you craaayyyyzy diamond.
 
5 days ago  
One? fark you, autocorrect
 
5 days ago  
Texas R's: If it ain't roads and bridges, it ain't infrastructure. And if it ain't infrastructure, we ain't fixin' it.
 
5 days ago  

stoli n coke: foo monkey: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

It's always about color with you people.

The voting bills that inspired Democratic lawmakers to leave the state are entirely in response to Republicans getting regularly crushed in elections in Houston, which is the state's largest city and has the state's highest black population. Ted Cruz's margin of victory from 2012 to 2018 shrank from 15% to 2%, And Donnie One Term's margin of victory in Texas shrank by a third from 2016 to 2020.

The Texas Republican Party is panicking.


Not panicking enough to suggest voters save their own lives by getting vaccinated.
 
5 days ago  
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5 days ago  
What do you think, America?

In my lifetime, viewing US states as Laboratories or Petri dishes of Democracy, I have seen the California model, the Texas model, and I guess the Florida model. To a lesser degree, you get the Kansas, Colorado, Georgia, New York models. Washington and North Carolina?

But Cal and Tex are the big rivals. Post industrial vs. Fossil fuels, with both economies trying to adapt and move into the next big thing. Similarities have grown, differences are waning, economically speaking. The effectiveness of policy and infrastructure are going to be increasingly important over the next decade or so.

It is still a race, but Cal can really stay a good bit ahead if it can stay stable and stay forward-looking. Texas needs to pay better attention to improvement, or it is going to lose out.
 
5 days ago  

Senseless_drivel: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

"HAVE YOU CONSIDERED USING CAPS LOCK? ARE YOU QUOTING THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD?"


Voice hearing does not mean a person is hopelessly insane and it's possible to hear voices and be considered not insane by doctors.

Seriously, find a new insult.
 
5 days ago  
Look, people, I hate Gov. Abbott, too, but you can't really blame him for the power outage deaths (and wasn't it more like 700 excess deaths?). Texas had a winter storm with blizzards even about eleven years previously, and the feds tried to get them to winterize their power grid back then. But their Attorney General sued to stop that, and Texas isolated themselves from the grid. So blame it on whoever the Texas Attorney General was back then, not on the Governor.
 
5 days ago  

aaronx: Not every voter in Texas is a racist asshole. I've been there and met some nice people.


They aren't allowed to vote
 
5 days ago  

COMALite J: Look, people, I hate Gov. Abbott, too, but you can't really blame him for the power outage deaths (and wasn't it more like 700 excess deaths?). Texas had a winter storm with blizzards even about eleven years previously, and the feds tried to get them to winterize their power grid back then. But their Attorney General sued to stop that, and Texas isolated themselves from the grid. So blame it on whoever the Texas Attorney General was back then, not on the Governor.


They've had 11 years to do anything to fix it and they failed to do that.

In addition, they have had a year almost since the last major reminder, and they still fail to do anything about it.

It's not currently getting fixed. I don't see anything that would convince them to actually fix it, if that didn't.
 
5 days ago  

runwiz: Knowing the competency of the Texas Legislature, if they chose to address power grid reform they would probably make it worse.


Abbot was literally proposing taxing solar and wind to subsidize oil and gas a few weeks ago.
 
5 days ago  

2fardownthread: What do you think, America?

In my lifetime, viewing US states as Laboratories or Petri dishes of Democracy, I have seen the California model, the Texas model, and I guess the Florida model. To a lesser degree, you get the Kansas, Colorado, Georgia, New York models. Washington and North Carolina?

But Cal and Tex are the big rivals. Post industrial vs. Fossil fuels, with both economies trying to adapt and move into the next big thing. Similarities have grown, differences are waning, economically speaking. The effectiveness of policy and infrastructure are going to be increasingly important over the next decade or so.

It is still a race, but Cal can really stay a good bit ahead if it can stay stable and stay forward-looking. Texas needs to pay better attention to improvement, or it is going to lose out.


Pffft.  California has been 20 years ahead of every other state for the past 170 years.  Punching down is beneath us.
 
5 days ago  

TheBigJerk: runwiz: Knowing the competency of the Texas Legislature, if they chose to address power grid reform they would probably make it worse.

Abbot was literally proposing taxing solar and wind to subsidize oil and gas a few weeks ago.


The sun and the wind need to hire lobbyists quickly.
 
5 days ago  
What's the difference between taxes and Texas?  Taxes keeps the lights on.
 
5 days ago  
Hey, Texas!

Just secede already!

Thanks,
Rational America
 
5 days ago  
Nazi Hot Wheels is also nixing the requirement that schools label white supremacy as morally wrong.
 
5 days ago  

COMALite J: Look, people, I hate Gov. Abbott, too, but you can't really blame him for the power outage deaths (and wasn't it more like 700 excess deaths?). Texas had a winter storm with blizzards even about eleven years previously, and the feds tried to get them to winterize their power grid back then. But their Attorney General sued to stop that, and Texas isolated themselves from the grid. So blame it on whoever the Texas Attorney General was back then, not on the Governor.



Texas Attorney General (2010)
Greg Abbott

okay, pretty funny, got me there
 
5 days ago  

Purple_Urkle: Senseless_drivel: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

"HAVE YOU CONSIDERED USING CAPS LOCK? ARE YOU QUOTING THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD?"

Voice hearing does not mean a person is hopelessly insane and it's possible to hear voices and be considered not insane by doctors.

Seriously, find a new insult.


You put quotation marks around your bold hyperbolic message of desperate futility that is referenced nowhere so it must be coming from within your head.

The only insult is to the readers trying to figure out WTF you are writing about. Are you copying and pasting this tripe because it looks familiar.
 
5 days ago  
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"Our priorities are to ourselves. That's what you people voted for. That's what you people are getting. End of story."
 
5 days ago  
I wonder how long it'll take for the Heritage not Hate asshole from the other Texas thread to stop by here sobbing that those who have a problem with this are the real assholes.
 
5 days ago  
If any other governor in America were as incompetent as Gregg Abbott, he'd have been laughed out of office, or impeached, because most well-run states have some pride. Apparently, though, Texas loves losers and idiots, at least when they're members of the GQP.
 
5 days ago  

runwiz: Knowing the competency of the Texas Legislature, if they chose to address power grid reform they would probably make it worse.


knowing the competency, they'd probably spend atleast a few hours trying to give it a p.o. box
 
5 days ago  
Vote for conservatives at your own peril.
 
5 days ago  

TomDooley: 2fardownthread: What do you think, America?

In my lifetime, viewing US states as Laboratories or Petri dishes of Democracy, I have seen the California model, the Texas model, and I guess the Florida model. To a lesser degree, you get the Kansas, Colorado, Georgia, New York models. Washington and North Carolina?

But Cal and Tex are the big rivals. Post industrial vs. Fossil fuels, with both economies trying to adapt and move into the next big thing. Similarities have grown, differences are waning, economically speaking. The effectiveness of policy and infrastructure are going to be increasingly important over the next decade or so.

It is still a race, but Cal can really stay a good bit ahead if it can stay stable and stay forward-looking. Texas needs to pay better attention to improvement, or it is going to lose out.

Pffft.  California has been 20 years ahead of every other state for the past 170 years.  Punching down is beneath us.


Yeah. punching down. Well, I lived there before many Farkers were even born, and it has come a long way, baby. But things change. Look. LA was a cowtown in 1850. California was built by 49ers with busted dreams who decided to do something else.

California is going to have to avoid the same blight and crud that claimed New York and New Jersey and Massachusetts. There is a point where the corruption at the public trough is incipient. Rent seeking takes over. Nobody gets salaries because they all go to pay someone's pensions. Proposition 13 has been as great for California as Tax Cuts have been for the GOP.  California schools are not that great, and standardized tests for universities have been abandoned. Cal will move from meritocracy to plutocracy and that will be that.

California has a long and developed coastline affected by rising seas. Water problems. Infrastructure problems. Environmental collapse. Tax overhangs. Deferred maintenance. Unfunded liabilities. Homeless. Crime. etc.

Can Cal tax its increasingly wealthy residents and businesses to deal with that? I don't know. It has failed before.

Texas has other challenges. Many not so large, but it seems slow to tackle them.

I chose Cal and Tex because they represent the best and worst of the US, but they are both successful. And I will leave it for time to tell which is the more successful. Hubris will not serve either well.
 
5 days ago  

Senseless_drivel: Purple_Urkle: Senseless_drivel: hubiestubert: "This is Texas. We are prepared to die for the profit margins of our betters, and the best way to buck up those profit margins is to keep those people from voting and keeping our population dumb as black clay. Die for your betters! Die for the greenback dollar in someone else's pocket!"

"HAVE YOU CONSIDERED USING CAPS LOCK? ARE YOU QUOTING THE VOICES IN YOUR HEAD?"

Voice hearing does not mean a person is hopelessly insane and it's possible to hear voices and be considered not insane by doctors.

Seriously, find a new insult.

You put quotation marks around your bold hyperbolic message of desperate futility that is referenced nowhere so it must be coming from within your head.

The only insult is to the readers trying to figure out WTF you are writing about. Are you copying and pasting this tripe because it looks familiar.


Name checks out
 
5 days ago  
The Texas voter:

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