“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”.

“The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.”


That was one of the sentences I used to practice typing. Since November 8, in my imagination, the quick brown fox quickly slaughters a few of the denizens of the henhouse, frightens some sheep and eventually skulks away back into the forest once the farmer, awakened from his slumbers, recalls the dog – who was not lazy, really, just sound asleep, and had run away to Canada after the fox stole his lunch together with his “guardian …

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Once more into the breach

In Texas, early voting starts on October 24. As an election worker, I will be seated next to my Republican counterparts. I already know most of them, we get along well, as they are generally charming people. I have a feeling that most of the people I work with will not be voting for Trump, but of course we never talk politics when working elections — it would be not just bad form, but against the law.

I do not want to implicate my Republican coworkers …

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Rockwall’s “bathroom” ordinance defeated.

In our little corner of Texas, wildflowers are bloomin’, Texans are sneezin’, and cities are (occasionally) misbehavin’.

Mayor Jim Pruitt, in response to a policy instituted by Target, proposed an ordinance, similar to that in North Carolina, that would have made it a punishable offense ($500 fine) to use a bathroom that did not correspond to the gender indicated on one’s birth certificate.

I do not think that Mayor Pruitt is necessarily a bigot. He is a capable mayor. He may have felt genuine concern for his …

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Bombast in an age of resentment.

The word bombast — now used for inflated rhetoric — once defined cotton padding sewn or inserted into clothing to make the wearer’s size look more impressive. King Henry VIII of England was a fan, and so were those who wanted to boost their image and could afford to. To my mind, Trump is the poster boy for bombast. Everything about him invites caricature, be it his orange tan, his girth, his improbable combover. He struts onto the stage with exaggerated confidence, he talks about …

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In which most Texans prove smarter than their elected representatives…. (gun edition)

George W. Bush, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz made it their business to give Texas a bad name on the national stage. The current crop of Texas legislators is on track to outdo them.

The vast majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens and generally sensible sorts. Yet, although the federal government never advocated a takeover of Texas, Governor Abbott wanted the Texas State Guard to monitor Jade Helm 15, the series of military exercises conducted in Texas last summer. Similarly, as a result of …

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President Obama’s press conference – Feb. 2016

For those who missed today’s presidential press conference, here is a quick recap.

As the president said, unemployment, deficits, and gas prices are down; jobs, wages, and the number of people covered by health insurance are up.

The unemployment rate is now at 4.9%, which is less than half what it was at the height of the recession. The economy added over 140,000 new jobs. This caps 71 months of continuous job growth. 12.7 million people either signed up or renewed their health insurance, and wages are …

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